Threats From Scammers – Scam Basics [UPDATED]

Scammer Threats There Is Nothing To Fear, They Are Just More Lies! SCARS Scam Basics Have You Been Threatened By A Scammer? Don't Worry! What To Do When You Are Receiving Harmful Threats From Scammers By Phone Or Email Or Message! Types of Threats: Assassination/Murder Threats - They Are Going To Kill You! You Broke The Law Threat - You Are Involved - Complicity Extortion Threats Threats from scammers have [...]

Scam Victim Finance & Money Recovery – Article Catalog

Scam Victim Finance & Money Recovery - Article Catalog Information About Managing Finances After The Scams & Money Recovery A SCARS Topic Collection Updated: August 12, 2021 Scam Victims Lose Money & Need Help To Manage What's Left! After the scam financial control is vital, plus there are real opportunities to recover! The first step after your scam ends is to lock down and control your financial situation. Here are [...]

Spotting Scams & Anti-Scam Tips – Article Catalog

Spotting Scams & Anti-Scam Tips - Article Catalog The Clues & Tips To Help You Avoid Scams & Scammers From the basics to detailed red flags! Learn how to avoid scams now and in the future! A SCARS Topic Collection Updated: August 9, 2021 Scams Are Complex And Contain Hidden Dangers! Staying Safe Online Requires That you Have More Than Attitude & Intelligence! It Requires Specialized Knowledge! In [...]

Don’t Stalk The Face In The Photo! It’s A Crime

Don’t Stalk The Face In The Photo! It's A Crime We Are All Sympathetic That Victims Are Scammed! But Don't Make It Worse By Breaking The Law Too! SCARS Basics Series People Who Have Had Their Photos Stolen Are Victims Too! They Are Impersonation Victims! However, it is even more of a problem when the scam victim that fell for those photos hunts down the impersonation victims. That [...]

One Ring Call Phone Scam – Scam Basics

One Ring Call Phone Scam SCARS Scam Basics The Mysterious One Ring Call Phone Scam Why Would Anyone Do This? One Ring Call Phone Scam - Your phone rings once and the call stops. If you answer all you hear is silence! You are tempted to call them back, but don't do it! The criminal (human or automation) on the other end hopes you [...]

A Quick Reminder To Report All Scams

A Quick Reminder To Report All Scams A SCARS Anti-Scam Tip Click Here To Learn Why Reporting Matters! Click Here  How Do You Properly Report Scammers? REPORT EVERY SCAM - IT MATTERS! It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do immediately - eventually, the data does accumulate and can [...]

Emailed & Downloaded Photos May Contain Malware

Emailed & Downloaded Photos May Contain Malware SCARS Scam Basics Don't Open That Photo Attachment The Dangers Of Downloading Photos From Stranger Emails Or The Web It Has Long Been Known That Image Files Can Contain Malware This can apply to photos sent via email or ones downloaded from social media or photo-sharing websites, even Google Drive (Docs). Remember that NOT everyone is what they seem, some are [...]

Online Banking Safety For Scam Victims – An Overview

Online Banking Safety For Scam Victims A SCARS Overview After a scam, you should assume that your banking has been compromised Insights on Mobile & Online Banking & Banking Fraud From our SCARS Advisory Board How to Protect Yourself: Safeguard your Online ID and password. Never share your Online ID or password with anyone. Do not save your password in your browser. Use trusted devices. Avoid using public [...]

From Victim To Criminal

From Victim To Criminal Scam Victims Can Easily Cross The Line During A Scam And Afterward Make you that you are not engaged in illegal activities! SCARS™ Scam Basics: From Victim To Criminal How Can A Scam Victim Be Transformed Into A Criminal? IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! There are millions of romance scam victims around the world. More than a million in Europe, perhaps as many as [...]

SCARS Archives – Example Scammer Grammar – Collection #2 – Fake Females

Example Scammer Grammar - Collection #2 Fake Females Scammer's use language for specific purposes Sometimes to test how tolerant victims are Scammer Grammar Scammers are always looking for more effective words. Many people have learned to be on their guard, and they're likely to suspect an overly aggressive phishing phone call from a fake credit card customer service agent speaking accented English. But victims still fall for the [...]

Online Money Scams – Scam Basics

Online Money Scams - Scam Basics Money Scams Come In A Variety Of Types Here are some of the basic types Fraudsters Gain Your Trust - Then Steal Your Money Portions Reprinted from Western Union They use any means to contact victims—telephone, snail mail, email, and the Internet! They gain your trust and when they have you hooked, they ask you for money; then they take it and [...]

Scam Basics: Airline Ticket Fraud

Scam Basics: Airline Ticket Fraud While doing an online search to find the cheapest flight to your destination, you come across a website offering a great deal. You haven’t heard of the company before, but the website looks legitimate and everything seems to be in order. When you begin the payment process, red flags start to appear. In the most common version of the scam, you pay with your credit card. But shortly [...]

Scam Basics – Business Email Compromise Fraud

Scam Basics - Business Email Compromise Fraud Business Email Compromise Business email compromise (BEC)—also known as email account compromise (EAC)—is one of the most financially damaging online crimes. It exploits the fact that so many of us rely on email to conduct business—both personal and professional. In a BEC scam, criminals send an email message that appears to come from a known source making a legitimate request, like in these examples: A vendor your [...]

Scam Basics – COVID19 (Coronavirus) Scams – 2021 Update

Scam Basics - COVID19 (Coronavirus) Scams - 2021 Update The basics of COVID19 Scams Now Please be careful, some COVID19 scams can be dangerous! Always check with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (www.CDC.gov) or the World Health Organization (www.WHO.int) before believing health claims for your own safety. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Scams We are seeing criminals trying to cash in on the coronavirus outbreak. Medical supplies With surgical masks [...]

SCAM Basics: The FTC’s How To Avoid Scams

SCAM Basics: The FTC's How To Avoid Scams Helpful Insights From The United States Government How to Avoid a Scam Recognizing these common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one. FOUR SIGNS THAT IT’S A SCAM 1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know. Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name, [...]

Scam Basics: Love for Sale

Scam Basics: Love for Sale According To Law Enforcement Who Investigate Online Romance Scams Worldwide, These Dating Or Sweetheart Scams Follow A Surprisingly Consistent Arc Here’s how these online frauds or swindles typically unfold. 1. The Bait The scammers set up a fake profile on a social-media or dating site. The man they invent is a ruggedly handsome, middle-aged widower who yearns to love again. He usually works in a serious job in a far-flung [...]