SCARS™ Scam Basics: The Ethics Of Warning Other Victims

Many Victims Find Still Other Victims When Hunting For Scammers Online. Is It A Good Idea To Warn Them That They Are Being Scammed?

This is an interesting ethical question and it depends on the context of the situation.

There are two types of victims that you will likely encounter out there in social media:

  1. Scam Victims – involved in or being groomed to be a victim by the scammer
  2. Scam Money Mules – participating in the scam and engaged in money laundering – usually, without any idea that they are doing it


When you are viewing a typical fake or scammer social media profile you will see a number of people commenting or engaging with the scammer and your first impulse is to warn them.

Unfortunately, their reactions may not be what you would expect. If they are fully engaged with the scammer – meaning in the relationship, then you are going to appear hostile to them and their relationship. If they are more casual then alerting them can help create a better outcome, but the problem is how to know?

Additionally, alerting strangers that you see on a fake profile can have consequences to you personally. They can report you to the social media platform – this can result in suspension or loss of your account.

Therefore, what we recommend is to “TAG” the profile as fake and let the victims decide for themselves.

How to TAG?

  • First, make sure that your personal profile is locked down and that only your friends can see anything – so that you are not leading a trail of bugs back to your home, family, and friends
  • Next, post a graphic that identifies the profile as fake – this can be done in a comment very easily – especially a comment on a scammer’s post that has a lot of victim activity.

Here is the graphic we recommend:


You can download this graphic here:

We call these “Fake Bombs.” It is the best way to TAG a profile as being fake and generally, the scammers will not even see them. Worse case they will block you. But this is very visual and a clear warning to those already on the profile and those that come later (assuming it survives).

In the end, it is a better solution and just remember, that we do only what we can do!


Money Mules are a different animal! (Pun intended)
In our opinion. It is generally pointless to inform the MULE directly. In fact, it may be actually dangerous to other victims.
The best approach would simply be to (if you live in the U.S. or Canada) to call the local police and report the MONEY MULE to them. Emphasize to the police that this is a MONEY MULE and is probably completely unaware they are being used by a scammer. You have to tell the police certain magic words, like MONEY MULE and involved in MONEY LAUNDERING and collecting money from other victims.

Why do this?

If the police show up to speak to the MULE, they will have access to all of the information about what the MULE has done and what money the MULE was received. This could help stop other victims from losing more money.
On the other hand, if YOU speak to the MULE – what would be the natural reaction? FEAR and they will try to destroy or hide information that could lead to and help other victims.
It also does something else: When the cops eventually show up, and if the MULE had fore-knowledge of their activity and tried to hide it in any way, they have committed additional crimes and are more likely to face consequences – such as charges for Obstruction of justice, destroying evidence, and more.

So you see that in reality, it is better to let the police deal with MULES.

They are not normal victims to be warned off. Also, the MULE’S unawareness is their best defense. But once warned it could go radically wrong for them depending on what they do!



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