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Editorials & Opinions On Scamming
ACCUSATIONS AGAINST PERSONS IN STOLEN PHOTOS
For some time, there have been a number of die-hard believers in the idea that all, or most of the people in the stolen photos are in league with the scammers, or that they themselves are the scammers.
This Is Living In DenialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.
There is evidence, held by Davin Rosenblatt that Yuliana Avalos and her boyfriend have been connected to African scammers. Either in selling their photos and / or other collaboration. Davin posts his evidence on his website for all to see. It certainly appears compelling. Here is the link: http://www.davinsden.com/avalos/
However, this is the only evidence we have seen regarding the pictured persons and a direct connection to the scammers. However, there are REAL scammers that use their real photos & identities – that is different from what we are talking about here.
We do not defend anyone when there is compelling evidence to identify someone as 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.. We also need to be cautious, especially when it comes to persons in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, where slander & defamation laws are strong. We do not make allegations without supporting evidence or reasonable suspicion, or where someone has reported them to us.
In addition, in the U.S. & Canada, public persons are protected by what are called “Right Of Publicity” laws. So our use must be in compliance with the permitted uses.
We are also more cautious with what we post on our website, as opposed to Facebook, since web hosting companies are more concerned with these issues than is Facebook.
These are the rules that we abide by in how and what we publish, and how we describe the people pictured in Fake or Scammer Profiles.
The fact is, that we have only seen compelling evidence of just one MODEL / WEB CAM GIRL / PORN STAR colluding in any way with scammers in our 27 year history. We have never seen evidence of a member of the military engaged in this. If we had such evidence, we would have done two things: 1) turn it over to law enforcement for prosecution, since such collusion would make them a co-conspirator or accessory to the crime; and 2) publish it.
Remember, we have called out real scammers around the world using their own photos and identities, but we are talking about stolen photos and fake identities right now.
We recently received a rather rabid comment from someone that we will not name (to protect his identity).
This is his comment …
your other site, romancescams.com states ALL THE PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES, then states THE PEOPLE ON THE PICTURES ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH SCAMMERS IN ANY WAY. so how come KENDRA HARRIS,(Valerije ktowa) FLORA BENSON (dorcas agyeman, belinda osei) and LINDA GRANT (Linavine roman, mary anna lane) according to your other site !! ARE INNOCENT PEOPLE, yet according to SCAMMERS IN GHANA & STOP-SCAMMERS.COM they are SCAMMERS ? Flora is on the main profile of SCAMMERS LOVE ACTRESSES MODELS & PORN STARS ??, and is the most famous scammer of all, i would advise anyone on your site, BE VERY CAREFULL ABOUT WHAT ROMANCESCAM.COM & ROMANCESCAMSNOW.COM state as fact !!! IT IS INFACT FALSE. as they are trying to convince you that the scammers are genuine people who have been victims of 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..
OUR RESPONSE TO HIS COMMENT
First, Romancescam.com is NOT our website. We are RomanceScamsNow.com They are an unrelated and completely separate – we are a division of the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS]. They are a couple of individuals running their website and have certainly not been in this as long as we have, but they have been operating for about a decade. We cannot speak to what they say or do not say about the subject, but if they say that, then they probably have not seen any evidence to the contrary. They have demonstrated only high standards in the display of their information, and we treat them as reliable.
We have had contact with MANY of the people pictured in the photos, some who have filed police reports over the theft of their images. Certainly, not all of them to be sure, but many. We cannot speak to the individuals named in the comment above, since we have not had any contact with them, and have no proof of any wrongdoing on their part.
However, we have received countless comments on our website and other forums over the years by people that TOTALLY BELIEVE THE PERSON IN THE PHOTO WAS WHO THEY WERE TALKING WITH and that they were the scammer. Or at the very least, that the scammer had to be in partnership with that person.
We recently had someone who had become a 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 wit