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SCARS™ Victim Alert: U.S. DoJ & FBI Internet Fraud Victims’ Notice

SCARS™ Victim Alert: U.S. DoJ & FBI Internet Fraud Victims' Notice Important Notice to Victims of Internet Fraud from the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee is prosecuting numerous individuals in connection with an international fraud perpetrated, in part, through online dating websites. If you have sent or been asked to send money to or on behalf of the following, you may be a victim [...]

SCARS™ Coronavirus Scam Warning: A Social Disease – How Fraudsters Adapt Old Scams To Exploit The Coronavirus Crisis

SCARS™ Coronavirus Scam Warning: A Social Disease - How Fraudsters Adapt Old Scams To Exploit The Coronavirus Crisis According to the Guardian: Criminals Who Formerly Tried to ‘Sextort’ People Online are Now Making Threats to Infect a Target’s Family and Friends You get an email that is immediately threatening. “I know every dirty little secret about your life,” it begins. “To prove my point, tell me, does [ONE OF YOUR PASSWORDS] ring any bell to yοu? [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: U.S. Stimulus Check Scams

SCARS™ Scam Warning: U.S. Stimulus Check Scams The massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package approved by Congress & President this week includes “stimulus checks” for many Americans, especially those facing financial difficulty as a result of the coronavirus CONVID19 outbreak. It is expected that it will take roughly three weeks for those checks to be received. However, many people are receiving FAKE CHECKS right now! Fake Stimulus Check Scammers are sending official-looking checks [...]

SCARS™ CAUTION: Fake Surveys Of Scam Victims

SCARS™ CAUTION: Fake Surveys Of Scam Victims SCARS has long used surveys and polls to help refine our services as well as to inform our crime victims' advocacy actions with government and other global organizations. It is important to fully understand how victims respond to the trauma of scams, and the methods they use in coping. Plus it allows a better understanding of the skills both victims and the public acquires in avoiding future scams. [...]

SCARS™ CORONAVIRUS GOVERNMENT ACTION GUIDE: Serving To Protect

SCARS™ CORONAVIRUS GOVERNMENT ACTION GUIDE: Serving To Protect The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.  In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated." Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.  There have been reports of: [...]

SCARS™ ALERT: Checks From The Government – Scams

SCARS™ ALERT: Checks From The Government - Scams UPDATED: March 18, 2020 SOURCE: U.S. FTC NOTE: This is a topic that may change at any time. To keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams go to www.ftc.gov/coronavirus » Reports That The Government Will Soon Be Sending Money By Check Or Direct Deposit As the Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19 takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be [...]

SCARS™ WARNING: Corona Virus / COVID-19 Crisis & Emergency Scams

SCARS™ WARNING: Corona Virus / COVID-19 Crisis & Emergency Scams Criminals online are taking advantage of coronavirus anxiety to defraud victims on the internet! MEDICAL SUPPLIES We encourage everyone to exercise caution when buying medical supplies online during the current health crisis, with criminals capitalizing on the situation to run a range of financial scams. With surgical masks and other medical supplies in high demand yet difficult to find in retail stores as a result [...]

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents New Phone Scam Claims Parents (or Grandparents) are Negligent SCARS™ Investigative ExclusiveIn a new scam starting up in California the scammer claims to have photos of children in the car without lawful child-safety seats or restraints. The phone scammer demands money or will send photos to child welfare/social services & police. If that were true could result in custody issues and fines. The victim must pay $500 immediately or [...]