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SCARS™ Scam Basics: Courier Fraud / Police or Bank Impersonation Scams

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Courier Fraud / Police or Bank Impersonation Scams Scammers Use Any Means Possible To Scam You! Here is an excellent video form the London Metropolitan Police about how these scams work and how to avoid them   TAGS: SCARS, Courier Fraud, Courier Scams, Phone Scams, Local Fraudsters, Anti-Scam, Scams, Scammers, Fraudsters, Cybercrime, Crybercriminals, Scam Victims, SCARS™ Team Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A Worldwide Crime Victims Assistance Nonprofit [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Cyberstalking

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Cyberstalking Cyberstalking Is The Use Of The Internet Or Other Electronic Means To Track Down, Insert Yourself, Stalk, Or Harass Another Person. It may include false accusations, defamation, slander, and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, or gathering information that may be used to threaten, embarrass, or harass. But it can be as simple as tracking down and inserting yourself in the life of another [...]

SCARS™ CYBER BASICS: Ransomware

SCARS™ CYBER BASICS: Ransomware Ransomware Is A Multi-Billion Dolar Industry This document is written for more technical readers. Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED AND YOU SHOULD NEVER PAY! What Is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents you from accessing your computer (or the [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Don’t Click Links In Unknown Text Messages! Ever!

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Don't Click Links In Unknown Text Messages! Ever! Don’t Click Links In Unsolicited Text Messages You might be seeing text messages promising money – maybe the economic impact payments, loans for small businesses, or an offer for money you can get. In fact, you may have recently seen a WhatsApp text message in Spanish that advertised money for people quarantined at home. If you’ve spotted messages like this, we hope you have [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Trial Subscription Scams

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Trial Subscription Scams Scam Alert: How to Recognize and Avoid a Subscription Trap You’re reviewing your bank or credit card statement when you stumble upon a charge that you can’t recall. The description doesn’t help either. The following month, the same charge appears, and again the next month. You may have fallen into a subscription trap. Subscription Traps Entice Consumers To Sign Up For A Free Trial To Access A Limited Time [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Charity Fraud

SCARS™ Special Report: Charity Fraud Here’s How Charity Scams Work: Someone contacts you asking for a donation to their charity. It sounds like a group you’ve heard of, it seems real, and you want to help. How can you tell what charity is legitimate and what’s a scam? Scammers want your money quickly. Charity scammers often pressure you to donate right away. They might ask for cash, and might even offer to send a courier [...]

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled Crimes, Such As Scams, Blackmail Or Extortion EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminal offense. Pure and simple! Here is the definition in many U.S. States' Legal Codes: The crime of Extortion is committed when a person maliciously threatens to: Accuse another of any crime or offense; Injure the person, property or [...]

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words Three Random Words Or What Makes A Good Password? You're probably aware that there’s a lot of guidance out there on what makes a good password — and it can be incredibly confusing. This should help. We advise that you create passwords using three random words both because they are easier to remember and are hard to guess. You just put them together, like 'coffeetrainfish' or ‘walltinshirt’. You can [...]