Criminals Do What They Do Because It Pays!
SCARS NOTE: From time to time we will publish important information to help victims & the public understand that cybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. does not happen in a vacuum. It happens because of the neglect of industry and our governments. Elections have consequences and who we choose can radically affect the overall enforcement of our laws, and even the law themselves. We had a period of serious crime reduction, which has now ended and new crimes & victims are exploding worldwide. This was chosen by votes. Unfortunately, there is only so much that can be done to prevent crime when politicians strip away enforcement and legal tools, instead to focus on other issues. As a nonprofit, we are prohibited from lobbying government directly for the changes we need, we can only advise & inform. Please remember that in your future elections.
SCARS is an organization that listens to many voices and has a unique Advisory Board of individuals from industry, government, and even ex-criminals that help us see the world as it is and help guide us in our plans for a better future. Brett John is just one of the SCARS Advisors – you can find a list of our Advisors on our corporate website www.AgainstScams.org (those that are able to be displayed publicly are about 25% of the total.)
Guest Commentary by Brett Johnson
According To One Of Our SCARS Advisors – Brett Johnson, A Reformed Cybercriminal …
Secret Of The Day? Crime Pays.
I am not supposed to say that.
It’s the Dirty Little Secret no one wants spoken — Say it out loud and more crime will happen?
I doubt it.
Crooks already know it pays. Got 16 year-olds on Telegram pulling $70k a week on Unemployment Fraud 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.. Another guy over there made $100k profit in a week doing refunds. Those aren’t outliers. That’s the norm.
Crime Doesn’t Pay? Are You Nuts?
Back in my day I stole $160k a week cash. Guys are much more profitable now.
Ask the guys holding you ransom A ransom is an amount of money or other assets of value that is paid for blackmail, extortion, or under other threats or coercion. The ransom is usually paid in cash or now in cryptocurrency. Online blackmail, sextortion, and ransomware all demand ransoms to avoid negative outcomes. [ransomware Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as paysafecard or Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan virus disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction.] if crime pays.
If crime didn’t pay there wouldn’t be millions of cybercrooks out there committing it.
Want to hear another secret?
Crime pays for the Good Guys too.
Yeah, I’m not supposed to say that either. But if crime didn’t pay for the Good Guys then we wouldn’t have 7000 security companies out there with many of them valued at over a BILLION DOLLARS. If Crime didn’t pay you wouldn’t see all those cybersecurity budgets and law enforcement budgets going toward it.
Crime pays for everyone.
Well, except for the victim. That’s the one place crime doesn’t pay.
Wreck someone’s credit, clean out their retirement, put them out of business.
Or maybe tell some poor sap your tool is the only one they need to protect them from all those untouchable Nazgul Hackers.
Yeah, Crime doesn’t pay so much for the victims.
Was thinking it would be a nice place to live where everyone profiting took a moment to consider those losing and acted accordingly.
Then I remembered this is the real world and that ain’t gonna happen.
Oh well. Was a nice thought for a second.
Thank you Brett for saying what needs to be said!
SCARS Note: Crime Pays For Politicians Too!
But you already knew that right? Next time you vote be sure to ask yourself which politicians benefit from higher crime rates? If you look carefully, you will see many do!