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Today The Internet Is Overrun With Scammers!

Scammers of every possible nationality, scamming with every imaginable type of 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 have spread from Africa and Russia to the four corners of the globe.

Just two years ago hardly anything was being done to stop them. 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. were allowed to spread almost unchecked with only token arrests being made.

However, today is a different story. Over 21,000 scammers were arrested in 2018 alone! Scammers are digging in and no longer feel as confident that they are untouchable since the U.S. and other countries are now holding them accountable wherever they live!

More needs to be done though. Much more!

SCARS #ActAgainstScam Campaign

The SCARS #ActAgainstScams Campaign is a way to help you stay focused on what really matters in the fight against scammers.

Constantly displaying photos does not matter except to help victims confirm what they already know. Posting scammers on websites and social media does almost nothing either.

There are ONLY two things that will bring about change:

  • Effective Reporting
  • Effective Advocacy

In the case of Effective Reporting, we have been making the case for years that the way to report scammers effectively is the Reporting Trident

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Effective Reporting

To effectively report scammers you must do THREE things every time!

  1. 1. Report the crime to your Local Police if there is Money Lost!
  2. 2. Report the 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. to your