Don’t Fall For Grandparent Scams [Video]

Don't Fall For Grandparent Scams A Type Of Phone Scam That Plays On Your Love For Your Family! They grab you by the heart and won't let go! Don't Open Your Door To Grandparent Scams When it comes to scammers, nothing is sacred — including the bond between grandparent and grandchild. Lately, grandparent scammers have gotten bolder: they might even come to your door [...]

After Storms, Watch Out for Scams

After Storms, Watch Out for Scams Scammers Watch The Weather Channel Too! After every natural disaster or major weather event, the scammers will be on the phones, email, and online to get your money! Scammers Have No Conscience When It Comes To Natural Disaster Scams If You Are In An Affected Region, Or Even Not, You Will Start Getting The Money Requests! Natural disasters and severe weather can [...]

An Example of How Scammers Use Emergency Scams

An Example of How Scammers Use Emergency Scams Scammers employ an emergency is the trigger to get you to send money! They can begin as small emergencies, such as needing a phone card or other small item - this is part of the manipulation. But it progresses to larger and larger amounts of money. The Emergency Scam Is The Most Common Scammers use the emergency scam approach, with [...]

Stop Gift Card Scams – An Overview

Stop Gift Card Scams Scammers Want Gift Cards Because They Are Untraceable & Unstoppable! Never pay for anything using a gift card unless you are buying in a store! Keep reading below! Scammers Increasingly Demand Payment By Gift Cards Paying Scammers with Gift Cards Gift cards are a popular and convenient way to give someone a gift. They’re also a popular way for scammers to steal [...]

Financial Fraud: Explained

Financial Fraud: Explained A SCARS Guide Based Upon FINRA Information 2020 Edition All fraud uses deception to enrich the fraudsters. In the case of financial fraud, deception and misrepresentation are used in conjunction with financial products, investments, or personal assets such as a house. While financial fraud encompasses a wide range of illegal behavior, our focus is on frauds that primarily target individuals: Ponzi schemes, mortgage fraud, advance-fee schemes, relationship scams, and credit card theft [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: FBI Report To The U.S. Congress On Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: FBI Report To The U.S. Congress On Scams On June 9th, 2020 the FBI's Assistant Direct Calvin Shivers delivered a report to congress on the state of online fraud during the Coronavirus crisis. Here is that report: BY: CALVIN A. SHIVERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS, U.S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR A HEARING ENTITLED: “COVID-19 FRAUD: [...]

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tips: Avoiding Natural Disaster Fraud

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tips: Avoiding Natural Disaster Fraud Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes The National Center for Disaster Fraud reminds the public to be aware of and report any instances of alleged fraudulent activity related to relief operations and funding for victims. Unfortunately, criminals can exploit disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, for their own gain by sending fraudulent communications through email or social media and by creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions. Tips [...]

RSN™ Scam Warning: Charity Scams

RSN™ Scam Warning: Charity Scams FROM ACCC’s Scamwatch Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersonating real charities to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion, with losses reported to the ACCC’s Scamwatch increasing steadily over the past four years. This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week and Scamwatch is warning people to watch out for fake charities and offering some quick and easy precautions to take to ensure their money goes towards a legitimate [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Natural Disaster Frauds & Scams

SCARS™ Guide: Natural Disaster Frauds & Scams As Another Major Hurricane Approaches The Department Of Justice Reminds The Public To Be Aware Of Fraud And Report It To The National Center For Disaster Fraud The Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people during [...]

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™ Insight: Coronavirus Grandparent Scams

SCARS™ Insight: Coronavirus Grandparent Scams Scammers In India, Africa, And Asia Have Long Exploited The Love That Grandparents Have For Their Grandchildren, But Now They Are Turning That Into Money The Crisis Emergency Scams! The typical Grandparent Scam involves someone calling, emailing, texting or messaging an elderly person claiming that they are a relative and are in an emergency. All they need is some of the victim's money and it will all be fine! Accidents, [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: COVID19 Coronavirus Scam Costs U.K. Victims Nearly £1,000,000 In One Month – Not To Mention The Impact Worldwide

SCARS™ Special Report: COVID19 Coronavirus Scam Costs U.K. Victims Nearly £1,000,000 In One Month - Not To Mention The Impact Worldwide In the United Kingdom since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k. Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. One victim reported losing over £15k when [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Avoid Coronavirus Scams

SCARS™ Insight: Avoid Coronavirus Scams Here Are Some Tips To Help You Keep The Scammers At Bay: Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device. Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World [...]