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Blanca Arellano – A Murdered Scam Victim’s Story

Blanca Arellano - 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. 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 [...]

A SCARS EDITORIAL ON AI SAFETY

A SCARS EDITORIAL ON AIAI Artificial intelligence (AI) is wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. Machine learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence. SAFETY Artificial IntelligenceArtificial intelligence Artificial intelligence (AI) is wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. Machine learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence. & Machines Learning Is Emerging In 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? 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 See more SCARS Videos on our YouTube Channel - click here Knowledge Is Not Enough To Stop [...]

A Scam Victim’s Guide to Hiring a Lawyer

A Scam Victim's Guide to Hiring a Lawyer Defending & Protecting Yourself - This Applies In Most Countries A SCARS Guide Hiring a Lawyer Hiring a lawyer can feel overwhelming — especially if you need one to advise you on complicated things such as being [...]

Urgent Next Steps For A Scam Victim After The Discovery Of The Scam

Urgent Next Steps After The Discovery Of The Scam Immediate Financial Steps Scam Basics Series 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 Guide Immediate Financial Steps After You Were Scammed Find out what to do if you paid someone you think is 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., gave them some personal information, or [...]

Trouble Paying Your Mortgage or Facing Foreclosure?

Trouble Paying Your Mortgage or Facing Foreclosure? Financial Education for Scam Victims A SCARS/FTC Insight The following provides financial education and is not intended to provide financial or legal advice. We suggest that you consult a licensed financial or legal professional before taking any action. Scam [...]

Western Union Refund Program (Remission) Phase 2

Western Union Refund Program (Remission) Phase 2 Recover Money Sent To Scammers By Western Union A SCARS Special Report Deadline August 31, 2022 Justice Department Announces Phase Two of Compensation Process for Western Union 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. Victims In 2017, Western Union entered into a deferred prosecution [...]

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 [...]

A Victim’s Story – Boyati Miskun – A SCARS Memorial

A Victim's Story - Boyati Miskun Remembering The Tragic Story Of Boyati Miskun SCARS™ Memorial Updated: Originally Published in 2016 Rest In Peace Boyati Boyati was a domestic worker from Indonesia living and working for a family in Hong Kong. Alone and vulnerable in an [...]

Sharon Armstrong’s Story [VIDEO]

Sharon Armstrong's Story [VIDEO] The Story of a Romance Scam Victims that became an Unwitting Drug MuleMule 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.! The Terrible Story of a SCARS Board Member The Sharon Armstrong Story Video An Episode of the "I Am Innocent" TV series - available on tubitv.com Sharon is [...]

Nicolette Shea – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: Nicolette Shea 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.scammerphotos.com - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen photos [...]

Juan Avalos U.S. Navy Chief – Impersonation Victim

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women: Juan Avalos U.S. Navy Chief 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.scammerphotos.com - a separate SCARS website dedicated to [...]

The Sad Tale Of Glenda Seim

The Sad Tale Of Glenda Seim The Story of a Romance Scam Victim who became a 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. then a Federal Convict at age 81 A SCARS Victim Story Glenda Seim, Convicted Money Mule! An 81-Year-Old Kirkwood Woman Pleaded Guilty To [...]

Gabe Kennedy – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women: Gabe Kennedy 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.scammerphotos.com - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen photos [...]

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass 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.scammerphotos.com - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying [...]

Scammers Using Your Identity

Scammers Using Your Identity You Gave Them All They Need! A SCARS Insight Scam Victims Send Money To Scammers! But Sometimes Scammers Keep The Money In The Victim's Name! There is a practice that has been going on for at least a decade in [...]

The True Cost of Scams by PJ Rohal

The True Cost of Scams by PJ Rohal Fraud Professional Presented by SCARS What Is The True Cost of Scams? By PJ Rohal, Fraud Market Expert | Co-Founder at About-Fraud | Mental HealthMental health Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". According to WHO, mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others". From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines "mental health". Advocate The following commentary if from one of our SCARS Advisors that [...]

What Kind Of People Are Most Likely To Be Scammed?

What Kind Of People Are Most Likely To Be Scammed? Scam VictimologyVictimology Victimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements. A SCARS Insight Who Is Likely To Become A Victim? The Answer Is More Surprising Than You Might Think! Over the last 6 years, SCARS has provided services to nearly 7 [...]

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.scammerphotos.com - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen [...]

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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 scams 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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SCARS BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal
SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims
SCARS CHERRY BOOK - A Guide To Understanding Your Fear
SCARS WORKBOOK - 8 Steps To Improvement
SCARS WORKBOOK - Understanding Self-Blame, Guilt, and Shame
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