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SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting

SCARS Position Statement Against ScambaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting A Commentary On False Solutions April 2021 Regarding Recent Studies Of Scambaiting By Noted Academics Recently, two studies attempted to understand the phenomena of Scambaiting by vigilante anti-scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. hater groups on Facebook and elsewhere. While [...]

URBAN LEGENDS: Why Scammers Ask For Photos?

URBAN LEGENDS: Why Scammers Ask For Photos? Why are Scammers so aggressive about asking for a victim's photos? It is not what amateur groups tell you! This is all about the Psychology of Persuasion Establishing a pattern of YES before pushing for the [...]

Scambaiting – The Great Lie! [UPDATED]

Scambaiting - Does Nothing To Stop Scamming A SCARS Special Report Scam Baiters would have you believe that wasting a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.'s time is valuable - it is not All you are doing is teaching them to be better scammers! This is part of an extremist view that deception is [...]

SCARS™ Staying Safe Online: Dealing with Cyberbullies

SCARS™ Staying Safe Online: Dealing with Cyberbullies Bullies Are Taking Advantage Of Technology To Intimidate And Harass Their Victims. Dealing With CyberbullyingCyberbullying Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital universe has expanded and technology has advanced. Cyberbullying is when someone bullies or harasses others on the internet and other digital spaces, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information (Doxing), or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to emotional harm. Victims of cyberbullying may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and various negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, depressed, or PTSD. Can Be Difficult, But There Are Steps You Can Take. [lwptoc] What Is Cyberbullying? CYBERBULLYING REFERS TO THE PRACTICE OF USING TECHNOLOGY TO HARASS, OR BULLY, SOMEONE ELSE [...]

Amateur Facebook Anti-Scammers – SCARS™ Editorial

SCARS™ Editorial: Amateur Facebook Anti-Scammers WARNING: SO-CALLED REPORT SCAMMER PAGES/GROUPS ON FACEBOOK [lwptoc]   It Seems Like ... It seems like every minute someone creates another Facebook page or starts a group on Facebook about scammers. At least 5 were created just this morning! They all claim to be instant [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: A New Year’s Resolution!

SCARS™ Editorial: A New Year's Resolution PLEASE SHARE THIS Over the last four years, the SCARS' Board of Directors and their corporate sponsors have spent nearly a million U.S. Dollars on the operations of SCARS. Paying for employees, paying for offices and expenses, and most importantly building and maintaining the [...]

RSN™ Commentary: Change In RSN Editorial Policy

RSN™ Commentary: Change In RSN Editorial Policy This week has been an interesting one on many levels. We have an attack by another anti-scam group supported by Facebook, we had an election that risks our progress against scammers, and one of our employees left our employment over hate and treats [...]

RSN™ Insight: Amateur Anti-Scam Group Distributing Fake News

RSN™ Insight: Amateur Anti-Scam Group Distributing Fake NewsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives. For Those That Follow Us And Have For Some Time, You Know We Are Highly Critical About Other Amateur Anti-Scam Groups! Many complain and ask us why we are hard on other groups? Why indeed? They argue that they are all contributing to [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Scambaiting – You are Only Hurting Yourself

SCARS™ Special Report: Scambaiting - You are Only Hurting Yourself Continuing The Discussion On Scambaiting [lwptoc] Scam BaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting Is Where A Victim Or Other Person Engages In Deception And In Some Cases Actual Online FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. Lying To A Scammer For "Fun" The mistaken ideas are that it either wastes the [...]

Choose Wisely What Anti-Scam Groups You Follow

Choose Wisely What Anti-Scam Groups You Follow Self-Styled Experts & Vigilantes Are Everywhere! Making Things Worse In Many Cases! A SCARS Commentary Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes Over Our 30 Year History, We Have Encountered Many Victims That Wanted To Help Other Victims, [...]

SCARS Legacy Information – Went Forward With Law Suits Against Internet Trolls

Went Forward With Law Suits Against Internet Trolls SCARS Legacy Information Romance ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Now™ Goes Forward With Law Suits Against Internet Trolls Updated: March 2, 2020 SCARS EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2017 BEFORE RSN / ROMANCE SCAMS NOW WAS [...]

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