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Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF)

Stolen Identity Refund FraudRefund fraud Refund fraud occurs when bad actors take advantage of a merchant’s return policy in order to profit or get goods for free. Refunding fraud is a twist on friendly fraud that is particularly challenging for merchants because there are no associated chargebacks, yes the losses are significant. (SIRF) Impersonating Someone To 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. Their Tax Refund How 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. Work - A SCARS Insight What Is Stolen Identity Refund Fraud? What is SIRF? A tax refund is as much an asset as a diamond ring, and just as some thieves target [...]

Blanca Arellano – A Murdered Scam Victim’s Story

Blanca Arellano - A Scam Victim's Story Murdered For Her Organs In Peru Online Romance Turned Deadly A Scam Warning - A SCARS Insight A Mexican Woman Flew 3,000 Miles To Meet Online "Boyfriend" Before Being Murdered For Her Organs A Truly Terrible Story About [...]

Major News: iSpoof Criminal Platform Taken Down

Major News: iSpoof CriminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. Platform Taken Down A Website That Offered Phone SpoofingSpoofing Spoofing occurs when a caller maliciously transmits false caller ID information to increase the likelihood that you'll answer. Scammers often spoof local numbers, private companies, government agencies and other institutions. It can also apply to pretending to be an email address, or through other media. Service! How Scams Work - A SCARS Special Report Global Law Enforcement Scored A Major Win By Taking Down iSpoof Uncovering iSpoof The 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. department of the Dutch police says it found the servers [...]

A Despicable New Sextortion Scam! Scamming The Parents Of Dead Children!

A Despicable New Scam! Scamming The Parents Of Dead Children! Scammers Continue Sextortion Scams Even When The Person Committed Suicide! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight This Is About Sextortion Scams - With A Twist You may know about sextortion scams, where 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. [...]

Scam Victim Alert: Scam Social Media Comments

Scam Victim Alert: Scam Comments Scammer Social Media Comments To Lure In Victims How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scammers Miss You - They Want You Back They Especially Want More Of Your Money! Scammers know where to find victims, all they have to do [...]

SCARS Q&A Questions & Answers 11/9/2022 With Special Guest Erin West

SCARS Q&A Questions & Answers 11/9/2022 With Special Guest Erin West A SCARS Presentation A SCARS Question & Answers Presentation With Special Guest Erin West, Prosecutor, Santa Clara County, California And SCARS Board Members: Dr. Tim McGuinness (USA), Debby Montgomery Johnson (USA), and Vianey Gonzales [...]

BazarCall Scams: Call Centers Playing A Roll In Phishing & Ransomware Attacks

BazaCall Scams: Call Centers Playing A Roll In Phishing & 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. Attacks Adding Humans To Cybercrime Attacks How Scams Work - A SCARS Special Report The Evolution of Cybercrime Introduction - BazaCall or BazarCall - Same Thing For the past year, security researchers have been [...]

Pig Butchering Scam Templates Instantly Available To Scammers

Pig Butchering ScamPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. Templates Instantly Available To Scammers Making It Very Simple For Amateur Scammers To Enter The Game How Scammers Operate - A SCARS Insight Scammers Easily Obtain Templates (Formats) That They Can Use To Scam Their Victims This includes for Pig ButcheringPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. Scams [...]

Quick Check For Romance Scams

Quick Check For Romance Scams Scam Basics A SCARS Insight Common Ways To Identify Romance Scams USE THIS PAGE AS A QUICK CHECK FOR SCAMS Scammers use many tricks during romance scams, but the outcomes are similar. Here are some common characteristics: SCAM TYPE: Investment [...]

Scam Syndicates in Southeast Asia – Guest Editorial

Scam Syndicates in Southeast Asia By Josephine Ma 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 Scam Syndicates In Southeast Asia Need To Be Shut Down. Beijing Can Help AN EDITORIAL REPRINTED FROM SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST By Josephine Ma Josephine Ma is China news editor and has covered China [...]

The New World Order – Scamming in Southeast Asia

The New World Order - Scamming in Southeast Asia Factory Scamming Is Exploding A SCARS Special Report Chinese & Southeast Asia (Cambodian) Partners Are Taking Cybercrime To An Industrial Level Prior to the pandemic, global transnational cybercrime was actually in decline. There were fewer victims [...]

Phishing Alert: PayPal Invoice Scam

PayPal Invoice Scam Phishing ScamPhishing scam Scammers often use email "phishing" to hook unsuspecting fraud victims. Treat all unsolicited email and spam as suspicious: Do not open or reply. To avoid loading malicious software onto your computer or device, never click a link – even from a trusted source – unless you've verified its authenticity. Be especially wary of emails asking for emergency funds or help from friends, family and colleagues. Their email accounts may have been hacked. Scammers will also pretend to be government agencies in scam emails. Alert How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scam alert: watch for fake PayPal invoices If you regularly handle invoices as part of your job or you purchase with PayPal a lot, this one is especially dangerous. Fraudsters are sending [...]

Fake Prize, Sweepstakes, and Lottery Scams

Fake Prize, Sweepstakes, and Lottery ScamsLottery Scams These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it. The promise of Big Winnings is Just a Fantasy! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight A Lottery ScamLottery Scam These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it. Is No Win For Its Victims You get a call, email, or letter saying you won a sweepstake, a lottery, [...]

Black-Wash Currency Scams Making A Comeback [VIDEO]

Black-Wash Currency Scams Making A Comeback A Fake Money Scam - How Scams Work A SCARS Insight Black Money Cleaning Scam – It's Coming Back In Asia  The black money scam, sometimes also known as the "black dollar scam" or "wash wash scam", is a [...]

The Threat Of Scareware

The Threat Of ScarewareScareware A type of malware that displays on-screen warnings of nonexistent computer infections or generates constant pop-ups intended to trick you into buying useless or potentially dangerous "protection" software. Nasty Browster Scams To Trick You! A SCARS Insight "Warning: Your Device Is Infected" Almost every internet user has had at least one run-in with scareware, one of the most lucrative forms of malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts.. A telltale sign of scareware is a [...]

When Sextortion Goes Wrong

When Sextortion Goes Wrong When Scammers Post Those Photos A SCARS Insight We Have Discussed Sextiorton Before - But Here Is How To Deal With The Photos After They Are Posted Here Are Our Introductions To Sextortion: Introduction To Sextortion Scams Surviving Sextortion / Sexual [...]

Spotting Health Insurance Scams

Spotting U.S. Health Insurance Scams How Scams Work While This Is Not About Romance Scams These Are A Kind Of Relationship ScamRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam?! A SCARS Series Health Insurance Scams Are Exploding Out Of Control Wading through your health insurance options and plans can be complex, overwhelming, [...]

Money Refund and Recovery Scams

Money Refund and Recovery ScamsRecovery Scams If you've already fallen for a scam, another scammer may call you and offer to get you your money back for a fee. Their goal is to double-dip and steal more of your money. Unfortunately, in most cases, only real law enforcement or your government can get your money back. There are exceptions, but you are safer to avoid all recovery options. How Scams Work A SCARS Insight After You Are Scammed The Scammers Come Out To Get You Again With Money Recovery Scams They’re the worst of the worst: scams that target people who have already lost money to a scam. [...]

The Dangers Of Phone Sex In Romance Scams

The Dangers Of Phone Sex In Romance Scams The Risks Of Romance Scam Behaviors A SCARS Insight Many Scam Victims Are Pressured Into Having Phone Sex With Their Fake Relationship! Scammers Use Heavy Manipulation And Control To Hold Onto A Victim - Phone Sex Can [...]

How To Recognize, Avoid, and Report Phishing Scams

How To Recognize, Avoid, and Report Phishing Scams How Scams Work A SCARS/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 Insight Scammers Use Email Or Text Messages To Trick You Into Giving Them Your Personal Information But There Are Several Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself. How To Recognize Phishing Scammers [...]

Scam Warning: New Type Of Crypto Investment Scam – Liquidity Mining Crypto Scam

New Type Of Crypto Investment ScamInvestment Scam When a caller claims to have a promising investment opportunity that will help you get rich quick, it's likely a scam. Liquidity Mining Crypto Scam A SCARS Scam Warning An Important Warning About A Cryptocurrency Scam Using An Investment Strategy Called Liquidity Mining Scammers may refer to the investment opportunity as a 'liquidity pool', 'liquidity mining', or 'mining pool' - [...]

New Abortion Phone Scam

New Abortion Phone Scam A New Phone Scam A SCARS Special Report A Warning To Women Across The United States In the wake of the Supreme Court Decision to return legal control of abortions back to the States, almost everyone is concerned over what is [...]

Remote Control Scams

Remote Control Scams Also Known As Tech Support ScamsTech Support Scams Phone scammers may masquerade as tech support employees for a major company in order to take your money or install a virus on your computer. They may call from what seem to be legitimate company numbers using caller ID spoofing. A SCARS Insight How to Avoid and Recover from Remote Access Scams Also Known As Remote Access Scams Remote access scams try to convince you that you have a computer or internet problem and that you [...]

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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. counselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling. or therapy, qualified support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!

A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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