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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. Proof Of LifeProof of Life Proof of Life Photos or Sign Photos are photos that scammers use to prove they are real. These are typically photoshopped photos to add some text or information to a previously stolen photo of the individual being used for the scam. The idea is that a victim requests proof with a photo showing a newspaper or some phrases and the scammer would then take it and share it with the victim. But as always, it is just more deception. / Sign Photos

ANTI-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. TIP

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Proof Of Life / Sign Photos

One Of The Logical Things To Ask A Potential Real Person Or A Scammer Is Proof Of Life!

Updated August 2021

In other words to send you a photo proving they are real.

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Proof of Life – Fake Sign PhotoProof of Life Proof of Life Photos or Sign Photos are photos that scammers use to prove they are real. These are typically photoshopped photos to add some text or information to a previously stolen photo of the individual being used for the scam. The idea is that a victim requests proof with a photo showing a newspaper or some phrases and the scammer would then take it and share it with the victim. But as always, it is just more deception.PhotoshoppedPhotoshopped Means to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop (or similar) software or other image-editing tools especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes).

Beware Of Sign PicturesProof of Life Proof of Life Photos or Sign Photos are photos that scammers use to prove they are real. These are typically photoshopped photos to add some text or information to a previously stolen photo of the individual being used for the scam. The idea is that a victim requests proof with a photo showing a newspaper or some phrases and the scammer would then take it and share it with the victim. But as always, it is just more deception.:

You should use all the other clues to determine if you are talking to a scammer.  However, if you have doubt, ask for proof of life in the form of a sign photo.

Watch out though.  Scammers are good at 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..  They can send a photo that shows a sign, as they are easily photoshopped. So ask for something obvious like them holding a daily newspaper with that day’s date.

The good news is that most scammers use stolen photos, and this means they have no way to provide a PROOF photo.  BUT some do because the person they stole the photos from had them in their galleries, or they will edit a photo to make one.

The place where this breaks down and are the dangerous ones are the real people scammers.  These are real people, or at least have a real person to hook you.  They know there is almost nothing you can do to them, so there are thousands of real scammers around the world (mostly in Southeast Asia, such as the Philippines, and also in Eastern Europe and Latin America).  They will send you all the photos you could ever want, but in the end, it proved nothing – you are still being scammed.

Ultimately, Use What You Know, And If You Smell A Rat, Move On!

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