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SCARS™ Crime Story: The Downfall Of Habeeb Audu

SCARS™ Crime Story: The Downfall Of Habeeb Audu U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition Of British Citizen For Operating An International Money Laundering And Fraud Network Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that HABEEB AUDU, a/k/a “Dickson,” a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria, was [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: New “Brushing” Parcel Scam

SCARS™ Scam Warning: New "Brushing" Parcel Scam Warning Of New ‘Brushing’ Scam: Packages From Amazon, Other Retailers Being Sent To People Who Didn’t Order The Better Business Bureau and others are warning of free boxloads of merchandise from Amazon or other companies leave right on your doorstep! What could possibly be bad about getting lots of free stuff all year long? Plenty! This warning is for consumers that there is a  downside to this recent [...]

2020-09-06T23:39:53-04:00August 11th, 2020|General Financial Scams|0 Comments

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™ Scam Basics: Trial Subscription Scams

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Trial Subscription Scams Scam Alert: How to Recognize and Avoid a Subscription Trap You’re reviewing your bank or credit card statement when you stumble upon a charge that you can’t recall. The description doesn’t help either. The following month, the same charge appears, and again the next month. You may have fallen into a subscription trap. Subscription Traps Entice Consumers To Sign Up For A Free Trial To Access A Limited Time [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Standard Nigerian Scams & Online Fraud

SCARS™ Guide: Standard Nigerian Scams & Online Fraud This guide is an introduction. Please review our other guides and articles for more detailed information about all the forms of scams and how victims can recover from them. Internet Financial Scams We hear from people every day who have been defrauded for hundreds or thousands of dollars by Internet contacts they thought were their friends or loved ones. Internet scams are attempts by con artists (cybercriminals) [...]

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™ Guide: Guide to Taxpayer Identity Theft & Scams

SCARS™ Guide: Guide to Taxpayer Identity Theft & Scams Tax-Related Identity Theft Occurs When Someone Uses Your Stolen Personal Information, Including Your Social Security Number, To File A Tax Return Claiming A Fraudulent Refund If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must file a paper return. Know the Signs of Taxpayer Identity Theft (Similar For Other Countries Too) You may [...]