U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On Impersonation Scams

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On Impersonation Scams This is the first significant action to help protect consumers since 2020 A SCARS Special Report On December 16, 2021 SCARS Was Invited By The U.S. Federal Trade Commission To Testify On that day, the FTC held a meeting to vote on new rulemaking to outlaw certain impersonation scams. SCARS was there in the meeting to support the new [...]

Missing Persons Scam – How Scams Work

Missing Persons Scams How Scams Work A SCARS Special Report New Type of Cyber-Enabled Fraud - Missing Person Scams Scammers Target Families Who Post Missing Persons on Social Media You see it every day on Facebook or other social media platforms. A family member posts that their teenager has disappeared or senior parent has not returned from a trip out of the house. The goal, of course, is to crowdsource [...]

The Sad Tale Of Glenda Seim

The Sad Tale Of Glenda Seim The Story of a Romance Scam Victim who became a Money Mule then a Federal Convict at age 81 A SCARS Victim Story Glenda Seim, Convicted Money Mule! An 81-Year-Old Kirkwood Woman Pleaded Guilty To Being A "Money Mule" For An Online Scammer 81-year-old Kirkwood, Missouri woman pleads guilty to being "money mule" An 81-year-old Kirkwood woman pleaded guilty to [...]

That TikTok Notification About A Settlement Payment Is NOT A Scam!

That TikTok Notification About A Settlement Payment Is NOT A Scam! A Consumer Announcement A SCARS Special Report Here Is What To Know About The TikTok Case! Parent company ByteDance agreed to pay $92 million to settle allegations it harvested personal data without users' consent. According to NBC News/By Morgan Sung If you used TikTok — or its predecessor, Musical.ly — before Oct. 1, you may be eligible for compensation as [...]

Being In A Convict In A Nigerian Prison Is Hell [Updated]

Being In A Nigerian Prison Is Hell! The Nigerian Prison System Has Both Modern & Stone Age Prisons A SCARS™ Special Report Originally Published November 2018 / Updated November 2021 What Awaits Scammers Sent To Prison In Nigeria? So Many Victims Demand Justice But What Does Justice Really Look Like? Sadly, Nigerian prisons reflect their society. Some are somewhat close to modern standards while others are stone age. It depends [...]

New Trend – Scammers Pretending To Be Anti-Scammers

Scammers Pretending To Be Anti-Scammers The New Trend In The War On Scams! A SCARS Special Report Scammers Pretending To Be Against Scams! It Should Be No Surprise That Scams & Scammers Are Always Evolving! Online scammers, especially on social media, have always looked for ways to reach more potential victims. They started on just dating websites but quickly moved onto social media, messaging, and even game platforms. Today's scammers [...]

Interpol Arrests Over 1,000 Suspects Linked To Cyber Crime

Interpol Arrests Over 1,000 Suspects Linked To Cyber Crime Action In 22 Countries Takes Down Global Cybercrime Financial Network A SCARS Special Report INTERPOL-Coordinated Operation Saw 22 Jurisdictions Around The World Cooperate To Swiftly Intercept The Illicit Proceeds Of Online Fraud Interpol has coordinated the arrest of 1,003 individuals linked to various cyber-crimes such as romance scams, investment frauds, online money laundering, and illegal online gambling. This crackdown results from [...]

It Is The Season For Holiday Scams

It Is The Season For Holiday Scams A Holiday 2021 Advisory A SCARS Special Report Remain Vigilant Against Holiday Scamming Schemes As we approach the holiday season, we are warning everyone that scammers prefer to steal rather than give during this special time of year. Shoppers hunting for a good deal should be on the lookout for increasingly aggressive and innovative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal [...]

Holiday 2021 – Types Of Scams & Cyber Attacks To Be Alert For

Holiday 2021 - Types Of Scams & Cyber Attacks To Be Alert For What To Avoid & Watch Out For! A SCARS Special report Remember That Everyone Can Be Scammed! So Be Careful! Are you scam smart and cyber conscious? Scammers ramp things up during the Holiday Season and more than ever you will be targeted! Are you knowledgeable enough to AVOID • DISCOVER • RECOVER from scams? Pay attention [...]

How Do Individuals Justify and Rationalize their Criminal Behaviors in Online Romance Fraud? [PDF]

How Do Individuals Justify and Rationalize their Criminal Behaviors in Online Romance Fraud? An Academic Study Into Criminal Behavior In West Africa Presented by SCARS An Academic Study Into West African Criminality We present this important study to give insights into the mindset of scammers/online criminals in Ghana and by extension the rest of West Africa.  Understanding how scammers think and justify their actions from a criminology point of view [...]

The FBI Is Hacked And Loses Control Of Its Email Server

The FBI Is Hacked And Loses Control Of Its Email Server This Was An Extraordinary Event & A Real Danger! A SCARS Cybercrime Warning AN IMPORTANT EMAIL WARNING ON NOVEMBER 13TH, 2021 THE FBI ISSUES THIS STATEMENT FBI Statement on Incident Involving Fake Emails - Original statement: The FBI and CISA are aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account. This is an ongoing situation, [...]

What Does The FBI’s IC3.gov Actually Do?

What Does The FBI's IC3.gov Actually Do? Helping Scam Victims Report These Crimes A SCARS Special Report Originally Published 2018 What Is The FBI's IC3.gov? The FBI's IC3 Accepts Online Internet Crime Complaints From Either The Actual Victim Or From A Third Party To The Complainant They say that they can best process a complaint if they receive accurate and complete information from the person making the report. They request [...]

Unemployment Identity Theft Explodes in the United States

Unemployment Identity Theft Explodes in the United States A SCARS Special Report Phishing scheme targets unemployment insurance benefits and PII Scam Victims Need To Be Especially Careful Have you gotten an alarming text message about your unemployment insurance benefits from what seems to be your state workforce agency? You’re not alone. Identity thieves are targeting millions of people nationwide with scam phishing texts aimed at stealing personal information, unemployment benefits, [...]

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021 A EUROPOL Report A SCARS Special Report Cybercrime In The COVID Era The exceptional COVID-19 crisis has fuelled the increase of cybercrime in all its forms, while grey infrastructure serves to facilitate the proliferation of crime The IOCTA is Europol’s flagship strategic product that provides a law enforcement-focused assessment of evolving threats and key developments in the area of cybercrime. In previous versions [...]

UK Moves Forward With Online Regulation Of Social Media

UK Moves Forward With Online Regulation Of Social Media New UK Law To Regulate Social Media & Search Engines A SCARS Special Report British Government Considers Punishment For Causing ‘Psychological Harm’ Through Online Abuse To Accomplish This It Involves New Regulations On Social Media & Search Engines Online “trolls” could face two years in prison for messages or content that cause “psychological harm” as the British government considers new legislation [...]

INTERPOL Report Identifies Top Cyberthreats in Africa

INTERPOL Report Identifies Top Cyberthreats in Africa An Analysis of Cyber Trends Presented by SCARS New INTERPOL Report Findings Will Support Coordinated Action In Africa Against Cybercrime A new report published by INTERPOL (see below) gives key insights into cybercrime in Africa. The result of cross-sector collaboration, the African Cyberthreat Assessment Report 2021 will help countries in Africa to understand the most prevalent threats and formulate a coordinated regional response [...]