Last Updated on by SCARS Editorial Team
RSN™ Editorial: An Open Letter To The Press About Romance 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.
Isn’t It Astounding?
Here we have a multi US$Billion industry running wild scamming anyone they want – literally millions of victims worldwide. Spreading from West Africa to Indonesia and Malaysia, from Russia to China, out of control. We used to be lucky if we got an arrest a month worldwide, but of course, now we are seeing large numbers of scammers being arrested.
Yet, The Major Newspapers Of The World Mostly Ignore This Topic!
The New York Times runs about ONE ARTICLE PER YEAR on Romance Scams! Some have nearly none.
Why Is That?
Is it about advertising? Because they make revenue from Dating Websites or Social Media that actually foster the Romance Scams themselves?
Perhaps It Is Just Ignorance Of The Size And Scope Of This Problem.
There are millions of victims in the United States alone, and countless millions more in Europe, Australia, Canada, and elsewhere.
Perhaps We Need To Bring This To Their Attention?
So we ask the news media to pay attention to this problem. This matters more than almost any story you are covering because there are SO MANY VICTIMS!
Do you want more viewers, focus on Dating and other online scams? It matters, and the only solution is awareness.
You are dropping the ball, but you can pick it back up and make a difference!
Are you willing?
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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