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SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: How To Catch A Scammer! Use The Photos!
You Know Scammers Steal Photos Right?
But Did You Know That There Is Hidden Data In Most Photos?
In almost all photos taken with digital cameras, assuming that it is not a screen-grab but the original photo, there is something called “EXIF” data or Meta Data embedded in the photo data file.
You can use this data to tell something about the photo.
There are several FREE online tools that can display this data, simply by uploading a photo into a tool. If it is an original photo directly from the camera that data will be there.
Free Exif Data Display Websites:
In these cases you upload the file and it will tell you what is found
There Are Also Extensions For Your Web Browser:
- For Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions search for EXIF
- Use the Browsers Extension library for toher browsers
An Example Of Exif/Meta Data:
With the Meta Data, you can see what camera took the photo, where it was taken, and when it was taken.
If it is not an original photo – meaning that it was edited or resized, ask why they would do that? But the EXIF data will even tell you which editor it was done in. If there is no data, that too is a clue, meaning it was probably copied from the screen.
Every bit of information helps you make an informed decision about the person you are connected with.
A SCARS Division
Miami Florida U.S.A.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov)
- The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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