SCARS|EDUCATION – Insights

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business!

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! Source: DataQuest What Drives The Business Of Cybercrime? Easy access to consumer data, numerous avenues to attack, technology-driven sophisticated tools, and of course the prospect of making easy money continues to fuel the growth of cybercrime Every day, you get a spam email or message urging you to click a link to update your bank details or run the risk of the account getting closed. Every day, you get [...]

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework This U.S. National Institute Of Standards & Technology Tool Will Help Optimize The Beneficial Uses Of Online Data While Protecting Individual Privacy Our data-driven society has a tricky balancing act to perform: building innovative products and services that use personal data while still protecting people’s privacy. To help organizations keep this balance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is [...]

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™ 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™ A Victim’s Story: The Story of a Romance Scam Victim [Video]

SCARS™ A Victim's Story: The Story of a Romance Scam Victim [Video] The woman in this video is a real live victim of a online romance scam. Listen to her story and share this video so we can reach as many people as possible and help save them from falling victim. Education is your best defense against scams! Video courtesy of the BBB   PLEASE SHARE OUR ARTICLES WITH YOUR CONTACTS HELP OTHERS [...]

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 [...]

SCARS™ Victims’ Assistance: Finding Real Trauma Support For Romance Scams Victims

SCARS™ Victims' Assistance: Finding Real Trauma Support For Romance Scams Victims Far Too Many Romance Scam Victims Have Experienced Significant Trauma As A Result Of The Manipulations They Experienced During Their Scam. The trauma of a romance scam can be significant and devastating, with long term consequences if untreated. We recommend a combination approach to helping you recover: Education - learning what happened and how - you can start on www.RomanceScamsNow.com is the most complete [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Social Engineering Email Scams – Red Flags [Infographic] 

SCARS™ Insight: Social Engineering Email Scams - Red Flags [Infographic] Last year, hundreds of thousands of individuals learned the hard way that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The number of internet scams documented each year is on the rise (due to better reporting) and some victims are feeling significant financial loses. The following infographic highlights what you should be looking for!   Infographic courtesy of KnowBe4 PLEASE SHARE OUR [...]

Knowledge – SCARS™

SCARS™ Insight: Phishing the Famous - Cybercriminal Sentenced Man Who Targeted Celebrities Sentenced; Simple Precautions Can Keep Your Information Safe Kwamaine Ford traveled in famous circles. He worked for a celebrity and had social media accounts that showed him living a glamorous life, surrounded by well-known people. But Ford, now 28, funded his lifestyle with an illegal hobby—using his knowledge of celebrities to phish their personal accounts and charge the associated credit cards. Between 2015 [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018 Overall Romance Scams Are Still Below The Record Year Of 2016, But Reporting Is Up Making It Look Higher According to CNN: Scams that prey on people's loneliness and emotional vulnerability cost Americans more money than any other fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2018. More than 21,000 people were tricked into sending money to their supposed sweetheart last year -- to the [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Living In Denial – A Case In Point [VIDEOS]

SCARS™ Insight: Living In Denial - A Case In Point [VIDEOS] Sadly, A Substantial Number Of Scam Victims Simply Cannot Accept That They Were Scammed Over and over they have sent money to fake identities invented by scammers, but the compulsion to believe is so strong that they are incapable of accepting the truth. Unfortunately, short of hospitalization in a mental health facility, there is little that family and friends can do to convince them. [...]