SCARS – Insights

SCARS™ Insight: Can You Correctly Identify A Victim?

SCARS™ Insight: Can You Correctly Identify A Victim? What Is A Victim? vic·tim /ˈviktəm/ The word is a noun, meaning: a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. or a person who is tricked or duped. Who Is A Victim Of Crime - The Legal Definition From The U.S. Department of Justice Definition of a victim: A victim is defined as a person who has [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Inside India’s Scam Call Centers

SCARS™ Insight: Inside India's Scam Call Centers Indian Based Scammers are beginning to be the world's greatest danger in online fraud. The Indians - who in many cases were trained by ex-patriot Nigerians have organized to an extraordinary extent, and are converting legitimate call centers through India into Scamming Center. These organized crime businesses are going so far as to align themselves with local police, contributing to civic activities, and on the outside appear to [...]

Clothes As Therapy For Scam Victims: When & How Does Enclothed Cognition Work?

Clothes As Therapy For Scam Victims: When & How Does "Enclothed Cognition" Work? You have all heard the phrase “Clothing Makes The Man” (or Woman) As trauma victims, finding ways to overcome your trauma and regain control in your life is very important and powerful. We talk a lot about trying to let go of the anger and the artifacts of the experience, but we humans tend to surround ourselves with other less obvious artifacts [...]

SCARS™ Insight: All About Money Mules

SCARS™ Insight: All About Money Mules Information Provided By: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Money Laundering, Forfeiture and Bank Fraud Unit What Is a Money Mule? A money mule is someone who transfers illegally acquired money on behalf of or at the direction of another.  Criminals recruit mules to move money electronically through bank accounts, move physical currency, or assist the movement of money through a variety of other methods.  Once received, the mule will [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Displaying Stolen Photos Of Children

SCARS™ Insight: Displaying Stolen Photos Of Children Scammers Constantly Use Stolen Photos Of Adults To Scam People, But They Also Use The Children Of The People In The Stolen Photos. IS IT ILLEGAL? YES, IT IS. However, there are different elements to this discussion, including if it is ethical for anti-scam groups to post those photos! Consider if you are the parent of one of these children? How would you feel about your child being [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Australia Reports Government Impersonation Scams On The Rise

SCARS™ Insight: Australia Reports Government Impersonation Scams On The Rise According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, governmental impersonations are exploding online! Australians are being urged to watch out for government impersonation scams with over $1.26 million lost from more than 7100 reports made to Scamwatch so far this year and in reality, losses are likely to be far greater. There has been an increase in scams reported during tax time such as text [...]

SCARS™ Insight: A Cybercriminal Study – Narratives of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Agents

SCARS™ Insight: A Cybercriminal Study - Narratives of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Agents For the first time, there has been a study of what it is like on the ground in Nigeria from the perspective of the Agents of the EFCC! PLEASE NOTE; THIS IS WRITTEN FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE NIGERIANS AND IS NOT NECESSARILY SENSITIVE TO SCAM VICTIMS. ALSO NOTE THAT THERE IS VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE LARGER SCAMMING [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime – It’s Worse Than We Thought – 2020

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime - It’s Worse Than We Thought - 2020 A United States Government Analysis Of How Bad Cybercrime Has Become Reprinted from NIST For Scam Awareness. Authored by Douglas S. Thomas The cyber-world is relatively new, and unlike other types of assets, cyber assets are potentially accessible to criminals in far-off locations. This distance provides the criminal with significant protections from getting caught; thus, the risks are low, and with cyber assets and [...]