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How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance Scam

How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance 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. About 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. - How Scams Work A SCARS Insight How To Stop A Romance Scam In Its Tracks Millions of people go online in search of romance, and while it does work out for a [...]

Synthetic Identity Fraud — Hurts Real People

Synthetic Identity FraudSynthetic identity fraud Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. — Hurts Real People The New Battle In Financial 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. A SCARS Insight “Fake” Synthetic IdentitiesSynthetic identity Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. Hurt Real People According to Sontiq: Over the last few years, synthetic identity fraud has taken off. Once considered a complex and expensive crime to [...]

Admiral Mike Gilday – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women: Admiral Mike Gilday Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen [...]

Alexis Clark – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: Alexis Clark Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen photos [...]

Robert Hyde – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women: Robert Hyde Retired U.S. Army Sargeant Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated [...]

The Term “CATFISH” – Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims

The Term "CATFISHCatfish Catfishing, as it is commonly used, is a descriptive term for an activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking or dating service, usually targeting a specific kind of victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish-fulfillment (as it was originally coined).  The term is now considered a derogatory term as it was originally coined to describe scams by women against men," - Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims It Is Actually A Derogatory Term Against Women We have often been asked why we do not use the term Catfish? The term "Catfish" is an insult to the victims of this [...]

The Challenges In Supporting Impersonation Scam Victims

The Challenges In Supporting ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Scam Victims The Responsibility To Help Victims Understand The Mechanics Of Scams Many times this will conflict with their beliefs Our Responsibility Is Sometimes To Deliver Hard Truths A Discussion About Impersonation Scams And Accepting The Reality Of [...]

Real Fake – A Graphic Novel from CISA

Real Fake - A Graphic Novel from CISACybersecurity 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. "Deep Fakes" and advanced technology Impersonations Developed by the United States 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. & Infrastructure Security Agency SCARS is an official crime victims' assistance partner of CISA Real Fake The first graphic novel in US DHSDepartment 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. [...]

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Heidi Romanova

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Heidi Romanova Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying [...]

Fake Valentines Quick Check List

Fake Valentines Quick Check List You will be contacted by strangers and they will be scammers! Count on it! Valentine's Day Is Here Again This is one of the two main peaks for romance scam activities a year! Here is a quick checklist [...]

United States Military & Social Media – a SCARS Guide

United States Military & Social Media - a SCARS Guide Learn how the U.S. Military Works & Uses Social Media This guide covers the rules and limitations of the U.S. Military Online! Here is the Information You Need to Understand the U.S. Military [...]

Natasha Nice Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Natasha Nice Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying [...]

David Cecil Patch Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women : David Cecil Patch Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to [...]

Impersonation Victim Speaks Out: Pierre Bonilla, Marine Corps Vet [VIDEO]

Impersonation VictimImpersonation Victim An impersonation victim is someone who has had their identity or images used by someone who imitates or copies their identity to scam or defraud another. This is a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of this victim, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or gaining property from someone else. Speaks Out: Pierre Bonilla, Marine Corps Vet [VIDEO] December 11, 2020: SCARS Directors Debby Montgomery Johnson & Dr. Tim McGuinness interview Pierre Bonilla. He has been an impersonation victim. Scammers regularly steal his photos and use them to scam women. In this interview with Pierre Bonilla talks about [...]

Dan Rachlin : Do You Know Him? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Dan Rachlin Do You Know Dan Rachlin Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Women Scam Victims! You Have Probably Seen His Photos Before! The real Dan Rachlin is a Danish Media Professional Dan Rachlin Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner Of course, you don't really know Dan Rachlin, [...]

Jacinda Ardern: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister Have You Seen Jacinda Ardern? Career Politician & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern Is Another Scammers Choice [...]

General John Hyten : Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: General John Hyten Do You Know General John Hyten Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Women Scam Victims! You Have Probably Seen His Photos Before! The real General John Hyten is a United States Air Force general who serves as the 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs [...]

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