Editorial – Scammer Threats – Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself! [UPDATED]

Scammer Threats Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself! A SCARS Editorial Being Threatened By Scammers - There Is Nothing To Fear Many Scam Victims Have Been Subjected To Threats From Scammers Many are still afraid of these threats! Just remember that scammers are liars - first, last, and everything in between. They lie about everything, even when you think they are confessing, it is a lie, designed to weaken you [...]

Thoughts About Boundaries

Thoughts About Boundaries Anti-Scam Wisdom A SCARS Commentary Scams Happen Because of Poor Boundaries & No Self Limits What Are Boundaries and Why Do I Need Them? A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. It separates your physical space, your feelings, needs, and responsibilities from others. Your boundaries also tell other people how they can treat you – what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Without boundaries, people [...]

The Bad News For 2021- An Editorial by Tim McGuinness Ph.D.

The Bad News Analysis For 2021 An Editorial by Tim McGuinness, Ph.D., SCARS Founder Presented by SCARS An Assessment Of Where We Are Now! By Dr. Tim McGuinness, November 11, 2021 I was part of several conference calls and presentations this last couple of weeks that was on global cybercrime and the grim state that we are in now. Unfortunately, the news in these calls was especially bad in many ways. [...]

You Made A Mistake

You Made A Mistake An Editorial About Responsibility & Recovery A SCARS Commentary What Do We Mean By Saying That Every Victim Made A Mistake? You have all heard us say that the victim is not to blame, right? Yet we also say the victim made a mistake? This seems impossible to reconcile! For example: this is equivalent to someone that drives during winter but did not check for road [...]

International Relationships Are Dead! Facebook Is To Blame!

International Relationships Are Dead! Facebook Is To Blame! Making The Internet Safer! A SCARS Commentary International Relationships Are Dead! It Is No Longer Safe To Contemplate A Long-Distance Relationship! One of the amazing things about the Internet was how it allowed us to connect with amazing people around the world. This was one of the blessings of online dating also, and in fact Facebook as well. You could connect [...]

Save Victims’ Support Funding In The United States – #VOCAfix – URGENT ACTION NEEDED – Part 1 [Updated – Success]

UPDATE - - SUCCESS - - WE WON! The VOCAfix Campaign Was Successful! The VOCAfix legislation passed the United States Senate on 7/20 and then on to the White House for the President's signature and enactment! On July 20, with an extraordinary vote of 100 to 0, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1652, the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“VOCA Fix”). The Alliance of the 1,700 Nonprofits that joined together [...]

An Urgent Call For Action To Save Victims’ Services – #VOCAfix – Act On July 14th – Part 2 [UPDATED – SUCCESS]

UPDATE - - SUCCESS - - WE WON! The VOCAfix Campaign Was Successful! The VOCAfix legislation passed the United States Senate on 7/20 and then on to the White House for the President's signature and enactment! On July 20, with an extraordinary vote of 100 to 0, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1652, the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“VOCA Fix”). The Alliance of the 1,700 Nonprofits that joined together [...]

Trump Signs Historic Order To Address Flaws In Communications Decency Act [UPDATED: Revoked By Joe Biden]

Trump Signs Historic Order To Address Flaws In Communications Decency Act [UPDATED: Revoked By Joe Biden] A SCARS Insight This was an important step in the direction of protecting everyone online and holding tech and social media companies accountable. Unfortunately, President Biden revoked this order almost immediately on gaining the presidency! Thus serving to protect the tech companies and not the internet consumers! Revoked by President Joe Biden May [...]

Stop Local Government Data Incompetence – A SCARS Commentary

Stop Local Government Data Incompetence A SCARS Commentary SCARS Commentary How Much Longer Are We Going To Tolerate Incompetence And Neglect? Local governments are allowed to get away with almost anything when it comes to our data! Some of their functions are covered under HIPAA and a few other regs, but most are as incompetently managed as the rest of local government functions. A recent post by a processional [...]

Try listening – Guest Editorial by Brett Johnson, Ex-Cybercriminal

Try listening Guest Editorial by Brett Johnson, Ex-Cybercriminal Presented by SCARS Are You Listening? An Editorial by Brett Johnson, an Ex-Cybercriminal and current Consultant to the FBI Brett is known as the original Internet Godfather, but he has gone straight and is a consultant and advisor to governments and major corporations all around the world, and is also on the SCARS Advisory Board. In Brett's own words: We watch [...]

Thoughts from the War on Scams … Things Have to Change

Thoughts from the War on Scams ... July 17, 2021 Things Have to Change! A SCARS Commentary on Privacy A Commentary on The State of Scams & Privacy By Dr. Tim McGuinness, Member of the Board of Directors, Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. I recently heard from a friend who was applying for a new position and was declined because of #data that was discovered - [...]

How The World Changed For Scam Victims With The Pandemic Effect

How The World Changed With The Pandemic For Scam Victims It Was A Total Change! A SCARS Commentary Here We Are, A Year & A Half Since The Pandemic Started ... Everyone Seems So Different Now! Apart from the obvious impacts from COVID-19 itself, the shutdowns and constant fear have had a significant and lasting impact on us all. But for scam victims, it seems it is especially [...]

Choose Wisely What Anti-Scam Groups You Follow

Choose Wisely What Anti-Scam Groups You Follow Self-Styled Experts & Vigilantes Are Everywhere! Making Things Worse In Many Cases! A SCARS Commentary Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes Over Our 30 Year History, We Have Encountered Many Victims That Wanted To Help Other Victims, And That Is A Good Thing! Except when their motivation is based upon hate, anger, or a self-conviction that they are the only ones that [...]

SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting

SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting A Commentary On False Solutions April 2021 Regarding Recent Studies Of Scambaiting By Noted Academics Recently, two studies attempted to understand the phenomena of Scambaiting by vigilante anti-scam hater groups on Facebook and elsewhere. While the research did not exactly promote the practice it gave it a voice and notoriety. Regrettably, we have to strongly oppose the positions taken in [...]

Editorial – A Pandemic Insight

Editorial - A Pandemic Insight Scams & The Pandemic Are Similar! CONSIDER ... Your scam and the pandemic are similar! Both isolate you Both feed off of your fear Both exist in a climate of misinformation and urban legends Both make you anxious about the future Both have traumatized you Both have created artificial barriers between you and your family & friends Both make it hard for you [...]

SCARS Commentary – April 13, 2021 – It’s Time To Remind Congress Who They Work For!

It's Time To Remind Congress Who They Work For! A SCARS COMMENTARY Things Were Getting So Much Better, But Now They Are Getting Worse Fast! The United States is now number ONE in the complete INSECURITY of our financial system. While Congress spent the last four years on witch hunts the U.S. congress gave nearly no focus on how bad the situation was becoming. The ruling party seems [...]