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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™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else!

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else! Why Scam Victims Don’t Disclose Being A Victim Being a scam victim is often not disclosed to anyone for many years. Some people may never disclose. When it happens, disclosure is often a process, not a single event. For example, an individual may first provide hints about a scam; if the response is supportive, then more information is shared. Over time, [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Chinese Blessing Scams 騙局警告:中國祝福騙局

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Chinese Blessing Scams 騙局警告:中國祝福騙局 The Blessing Scam Is Also Called The "Ghost Scam" Or "Jewelry Scam 祝福騙局也稱為“鬼騙局”或“珠寶騙局” The blessing scam (also known as the "Ghost Scam" or "Jewelry Scam") is a confidence trick typically perpetrated against elderly women of Chinese origin. The scam originated in China and Hong Kong and victims have fallen for it worldwide including in Chinatowns and overseas Chinese communities. The object of the scam is to persuade the [...]

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 [...]

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: Uninvited Strangers

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: Uninvited Strangers This Is Not Terribly Complicated - You Just Have To Stop Talking With Strangers Online Everyone on Social Media gets contact and friend requests almost daily until you decide to stop it! When you get a FRIEND REQUEST from someone you do not know - it is important to decline it AND THEN MARK IT AS SPAM IF THE PLATFORM HAS THAT OPTION! Facebook, LinkedIn, and others have options to [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: Commentary On Being Scammed Again

SCARS™ Editorial: Commentary On Being Scammed Again 90% Of Scam Survivors Have The Completely Wrong Idea About What It Means To Remain Safe And Avoid Future Scams Partly this is the fault of other so-called anti-scam groups - amateurs or fakes! They propagate the idea that once you learn about scams by looking at an endless stream of stolen photos that you will be immune from being scammed again. Unfortunately, this is also a scam. [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Ghana Scam Revelation [Videos]

SCARS™ Special Report: Ghana Scam Revelation [Videos] According To Ben Asamoah, The Director Of The New Film “Sakawa” About Scamming In Ghana, Nearly Half Of All Young People In Ghana That Have Access To The Internet Are Involved In Romance Scams. GHANA SCAMMING LEVELS MUCH WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT In The Last Two Years, The Appearance Of Scamming In Ghana Was At Significant Odds With Analysis Coming From The U.S. & British Governments, And Ghana's [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: Let’s Talk About Black Vs. White In Scamming

SCARS™ Editorial: Let's Talk About Black Vs. White In Scamming Scammers Scam Every Race & Color They really do not care what race or ethnicity you are - you are just money to them! Well, most of the time. BUT IT IS ALMOST INEVITABLE It is almost inevitable that race comes into the conversation when talking about scamming since a majority of it originates with West Africans. Nigerians especially have perfected their models and have [...]

SCARS™ Guide: There Is A New Kind Of Phishing Called Whaling Scam Attacks

SCARS™ Guide: There Is A New Kind Of Phishing Called Whaling Scam Attacks Whaling: How It Works, And What Your Organisation Can Do About It A GUIDE TO 'WHALING' - TARGETED PHISHING ATTACKS AIMED AT SENIOR EXECUTIVES Whaling is a highly targeted phishing attack - aimed at senior executives - masquerading as a legitimate email. Whaling is digitally enabled fraud through social engineering, designed to encourage victims to perform a secondary action, such as initiating [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Good vs. Bad While Recovering

SCARS™ Insight: Good vs. Bad While Recovering After The Scam, Many Victims Choose To Recover - Sadly, Most Do Not! Only about 30% of victims will choose to recover from the scam emotionally, the remaining victims will either hide in their denial or allow anger to run their lives. Even those that have chosen to recover face constant challenges and consequences of continuing bad behaviors. However, to help victims learn to recover we have to [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic] The Federal Trade Commission Is Warning U.S. Social Security Recipients Of A New Scam Coming By Robocall According to the FTC: We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) IF YOU GET A CALL LIKE [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Knowledge Matters To Scam Victims

SCARS™ Insight: Knowledge Matters To Scam Victims Why Is Knowledge And Education So Important For Romance Scam Victims? One of the main reasons you were scammed was ignorance about the real risks online. Not only ignorance of the risks, but also a lack of general awareness about the trends that affect your life online. A big part of the recovery process is regaining control of your own life and being able to evaluate the risks that [...]