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FTC Goes After Walmart – Like It Did Western Union & MoneyGram

FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov Goes After Walmart - Like It Did Western Union & MoneyGram U.S. Federal Trade Commission Enforcement Action A SCARS Special Report This Is A Perfect Example Of Why You Need To Preserve The Evidence It is vital to never throw away the evidence of [...]

Reported Scammer/Spammer Phone Numbers – 2022 #4 Area Codes 700-999

Reported 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./Spammer Phone Numbers - 2022 #4 Area Codes 700-999 Phone Numbers That Have Been Reported To Be Used By Scammers/Spammers Presented by SCARS The following phone numbers have been reported to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as being used by scammers or Spammers. This [...]

Why Scammers Get Short Sentences

Why Scammers Get Short Sentences Understanding The Crimes Scammers Do! A SCARS Insight Why Are They Not Jailed For The Rest Of Their Lives? Many victims ask this simple question. Why don’t these criminals receive harsher sentences by courts around the world, but especially in [...]

Nigerian Scammer Training School Shut Down & Scammers Arrested

Nigerian Scammer Training School Shut Down & Scammers Arrested Breaking News Presented by SCARS Nigeria's EFCCEFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud), scams, and money laundering. The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja, Nigeria. Shuts Down Scammer Training School In a raid today the Nigerian EFCC (Economic & Financial Crimes Commission) shut down a sophisticated training academy for online scammers in the Nigerian [...]

FBI Goes After Scammers & Cybercriminals With RAT

FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. Goes After Scammers & Cybercriminals With RAT A New FBI/IC3 Program A SCARS Insight The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Has A New Pet! Did you know that the FBI has an Internet Crime Complaint Center called IC3.gov?  And did you know that IC3 [...]

What To Know About Tax Identity Theft [UPDATED 2022]

What To Know About Tax Identity TheftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources. Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission Presented by SCARS Learn What Tax Identity Theft Is! This information is primarily focused on United States Tax Payers, but the risk is worldwide. What you can do to guard against it, [...]

Reporting Chinese Scammers To China

Reporting Chinese Scammers To China Becoming Your Own Advocate A SCARS Insight There Are Many Countries That Seem To Protect Fraudsters! Those Countries Do Not Seem To Care About Cybercriminals! These include the following countries that actively sponsor or at least turn a blind eye: [...]

That TikTok Notification About A Settlement Payment Is NOT A Scam!

That TikTok Notification About A Settlement Payment Is NOT A 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.! A Consumer Announcement A SCARS Special Report Here Is What To Know About The TikTok Case! Parent company ByteDance agreed to pay $92 million to settle allegations it harvested personal data without users' consent. [...]

European Money Mule Crackdown Continues in 2021!

European Money MuleMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes. Crackdown Continues in 2021! Law Enforcement Tolerance For Mules Declines Each Year! A SCARS Insight European Money Mule Action Leads To 1,803 Arrests International anti-money mule operation leads to 1,803 arrests & the identification of 18,000 money mulesMoney mules Money mules are a type of money laundering where a person transfers illicit funds through a medium (such as a bank account) to obfuscate where the money came from. There are different types of money mules including witting, unwitting, and complicit.. The action was coordinated [...]

Being In A Convict In A Nigerian Prison Is Hell [Updated]

Being In A Nigerian Prison Is Hell! The Nigerian Prison System Has Both Modern & Stone Age Prisons A SCARS™ Special Report Originally Published November 2018 / Updated November 2021 What Awaits Scammers Sent To Prison In Nigeria? So Many Victims Demand Justice But What [...]

Interpol Arrests Over 1,000 Suspects Linked To Cyber Crime

Interpol Arrests Over 1,000 Suspects Linked To Cyber Crime Action In 22 Countries Takes Down Global CybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. Financial Network A SCARS Special Report INTERPOL-Coordinated Operation Saw 22 Jurisdictions Around The World Cooperate To Swiftly Intercept The Illicitillicit Illicit means something that is not legally permitted or authorized under the law; unlicensed; unlawful. It can also mean disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons. Proceeds Of 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. Interpol has coordinated the [...]

What Does The FBI’s IC3.gov Actually Do?

What Does The FBI's IC3.gov Actually Do? Helping Scam Victims Report These Crimes A SCARS Special Report Originally Published 2018 What Is The FBI's IC3.gov? The FBI's IC3 Accepts Online Internet Crime Complaints From Either The Actual Victim Or From A Third Party To The [...]

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021 A EUROPOLEuropol The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known under the name Europol, formerly the European Police Office and Europol Drugs Unit, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) formed in 1998 to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organized crime and terrorism through cooperation between competent authorities of EU member states. The Agency has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to arrest suspects or act without prior approval from authorities in the member states. Based in The Hague, it comprised 1,065 staff as of 2016. WEBSITE LINK Report A SCARS Special Report Cybercrime In The COVID Era The exceptional COVID-19 crisis has fuelled the increase of cybercrime in all its forms, while grey infrastructure serves to facilitate the proliferation of crime The IOCTA [...]

Why Can’t Your Local Police Arrest Scammers?

Why Can't Your Local Police Arrest Scammers? A Law Enforcement Analysis A SCARS Insight Why Can't Police Arrest Transnational Scammers? Treaties! Previously published 2018 The Process Of Arresting Criminals Outside Of Your Country Is Complicated Let's Start With A Few Basic Facts! Some scammers are [...]

INTERPOL Report Identifies Top Cyberthreats in Africa

INTERPOL Report Identifies Top Cyberthreats in Africa An Analysis of Cyber Trends Presented by SCARS New INTERPOL Report Findings Will Support Coordinated Action In Africa Against Cybercrime A new report published by INTERPOL (see below) gives key insights into cybercrime in Africa. The result of [...]

ID.me and the Government Agencies Using Them – A Guest Commentary by Brett Johnson

An Open Letter to ID.meID.me According to the company: ID.me simplifies how individuals prove and share their identity online - it provides secure identity proofing, authentication, and group affiliation verification for government and businesses across sectors. The company’s technology meets the highest federal standards for consumer authentication and is approved as a NIST 800-63-3 IAL2 / AAL2 conformant credential service provider by the Kantara Initiative. ID.me is the only provider with video chat and is committed to “No Identity Left Behind” to enable all people to have a secure digital identity. and the Government Agencies Using Them A Guest Commentary by Brett JohnsonBrett Johnson He is a Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Fraud, and Identity Theft Expert. Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Writer, Podcast Personality. Former USA Most Wanted Cybercriminal, Identity Thief, Hacker, and Original Internet Godfather. He is also an Advisor to SCARS. Brett is one of the top experts in the world on cybercrime, identity theft, fraud, and cybersecurity. His knowledge is unique. His education in cybercrime does not come from a book, he has hands-on training. His knowledge is from the criminal side of things and has an understanding of cybercrime that the majority of people on the planet will never possess. Presented by SCARS ID.me - A Major Risk To Public Privacy? A guest editorialGuest Editorial A Guest Editorial is an article written by an outside contributor or author who is not a part of the SCARS Management or SCARS Editorial Team. We allow scam victims and stakeholders to contribute articles, commentary, or editorials for publication on RomanceScamsNOW.com for review and publishing. To submit an article please send it to contact@AgainstScams.org by Brett Johnson, Member of the SCARS Advisory Board In Brett's own words [...]

2020 Scams Hit New Records – Millions More Victims

2020 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. Hit New Records - Millions More Victims New Data Shows 2020 Was a Pandemic In Scams A SCARS Special Report 2020 Was The Year Scams Exploded Everywhere! Of Course, It Was Because Of The Pandemic! People are isolated. Shut-in and alone. [...]

Ransomware Guide – A U.S. Government Report – DHS CISA December 2020

Understanding RansomwareRansomware Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as paysafecard or Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan virus disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction. - A U.S. Government Report U.S.Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department (under the President) responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management., Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security AgencyCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a standalone United States federal agency, an operational component under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversight. Its activities are a continuation of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). CISA was established on November 16, 2018 when President Donald Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. Published December 2020 Presented by SCARS Understanding Ransomware - A CISC Guide We want to share this document with the public to help create a greater understanding [...]

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