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Editorial: What Are We To Do?

For over 26 years the scammers were gaining ground. In fact, scamsScams 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. went up by at least 50% each and every year – in some years it doubled.

Let’s Be Very Clear
We Are In A War Against Online Scams!

Online scammers are able to operate with impunity throughout Africa, and in many other countries, without fear or prosecution.  This War Against Online Scams leaves a million casualties a year (in 2016) – nearly 4,000,000 victims over the last 6 years (since 2010). By comparison only the war on drugs has produced this level of victimizationVictimization Victimization (or victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. The field that studies the process, rates, incidence, effects, and prevalence of victimization is called victimology.! Yet, most people are doing nothing but complain.

The Time To Complain Is Over!

Now is the time for action, not just clicking Like or calling names on Facebook.

We Are What We Repeatedly Do!

Our organization has been educating the world about scammers for 26 years, since 1991 in the days of the old AOL (American OnLine). We have reached millions, but education alone wasn’t doing enough to stop or even slow down the madness.

In 2015 our founder, and a group of educators and professionals, formed SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. (the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams) because a new direction was needed. Education about scams was failing and no one was doing anything other than just cataloging endless 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. stolen photos and their insane messages. Yes, it did help people who were already victims confirm that they had been scammed, but did nothing – absolutely nothing – to reduce the number of scammers and the impact that they have on the public around the world. The scammers simply adapted, became smarter, more professional and systematic, and victimized greater numbers than ever before.

Most of the so-called anti-scammers do nothing but present their personal rageRage Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, trigger, hurt or threat. About one-third of scam victims become trapped in anger for extended periods of time following a scam. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion that triggers a part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability. and incompetent opinions about how scammers work and organize the world over. The victims who flock to them are mislead about the true state of global cybercrimeCybercrime 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. and the directions needed to combat it. The victims who follow them are endlessly trapped in the frustration of uselessness, and worthless misdirection.

As we became more public in our efforts to find new solutions and directions, we have been ruthlessly attacked by the scammers and their sympathizers (which we expected), and by other 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. pretenders afraid of losing their grip on their audiences. This has been attacks on our personnel and their families online. Attacks on the businesses that have supported and funded us. Even to the point of threats of violence against us and our families. However, none of this has deterred us.

In the development of effective counter measures we have formed partner relationships with social media and contributed to the United States Government’s efforts to both understand the scope of the problem, and to evolve their policies to counter the ever growing threat of cybercriminals.

We have provided policy statements and position documents leading to new directions for the U.S. Department of Justice which is showing results in apprehending orders of ma