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RSN EDITORIAL: GUIDANCE FOR VICTIMS LOOKING AT 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. PAGES

What value is there in anti-scam groups (individual people), and organizations (actual companies such as RSN & 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 to learn more about SCARS.)?

The real truth of all anti-scam organizations that is rarely told by most anti-scammers (though we do our best to share the reality constantly) is that MOST are very poorly run, and do substantial harm to many.


First Sin:

MOST anti-scam groups DO NOTHING to stop scammers. The reasons are simple, they are run by amateurs with no law enforcement experience and no connections to government. Their constant posting of “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. Photos” does nothing to control the problem. The ONLY people looking at them are already victims.

Second Sin:

MOST anti-scammers have no experience in lawful victim’s assistance or compliance with legal regulations in their own countries. Many openly use terms that are unlawful, regardless of their intent and desires. Many actually cause more harm than good in this regard.

Third Sin:

MOST anti-scam groups are not even social media or publishing professionals and barely know how to manage their publishing or communications platforms. The result in many cases is sharing critical information with scammers. In other cases they mislead and misdirect victims down paths that are harmful for their psychological wellbeing – they talk about support and recovery but have no one trained in any form of real recovery programs, therapy, or psychology.

Fourth Sin:

MANY make claims that they will get scammers arrested and the victim’s money back – either outright, or hint at it through their communications. NO anti-scammer can get someone arrested. FEW have EVER gotten someone’s money back, and when it does happen it is very rare. Government & Law Enforcement are the only ones that can affect arrests of scammers, or have any ability to seize the assets of a scammer. There are ONLY two organizations actually working with government.

Fifth Sin:

MOST anti-scammers never bother to tell the simple truths about scammers (mostly because they themselves have no idea). That scamming is a multi-billion dollar industry completely professionalized – instead they continue to promote the old stories of scammers sitting on floors with laptops.

Sixth Sin:

MOST anti-scammers ask that victims report scammers on their website or page and the information is so poorly organized and the means it is displayed on those websites or social media page destroys its value as actual evidence. Requirements for evidence and victim report gathering are not a game and have clear requirements. The constant stream of scammer photos they display have no context and by uploading on to most website or social media become corrupted by that process and useless as evidence since they lose all embedded meta-data.

Seventh Sin:

MOST anti-scammers focus on thrusting scammers into the face of victims as both their own way of taking revenge on scammers, and they attempt at getting victims to be angrier and continue their 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. against scammers. When victims express their desire to move on, then they are usually exposed to the hate and abuse that comes from many in these anti-scam groups.

These are the SEVEN DEADLY SINS of Anti-Scammers across the web and social media.

There are only a few legitimate roles for anti-scam groups and organizations, which MOST FAIL COMPLETELY. However, there are some that do try their best and do some good.

Some groups do their best to expose the consequences of scamming, and display a sampling of stolen photos to make that point – however, again, they are not reaching most of the people at risk, they are reaching those already victimized.

One good attribute of anti-scammer groups is that they do help victims understand that they are not alone. That this is a much broader and widespread problem that the public (and many in government) knows. This is actually important in the initial stages of the post-scam experience for victims – this helps them come to grips with the reality of the crime they were a victim of. However, where most fail is helping the victim move on to the next steps.

It is true that victims need support and interaction to accept their reality, and set the stage to move on. In truth, the vast majority of victims do move through the grief stages and progress through recovery. Unfortunately, many are far more fragile and face real hard by MANY groups. These are the people that are in total panic, who even contemplate taking their own lives, and where real sensitivity is need to detect this condition – then refer them to an appropriate intervention hotline. No anti-scammer has any business trying to stumble through this situation on their own without proper training and compliance.

As we have seen in recent months, anti-scammer pages are being removed – especially on Facebook, as Facebook cracks down on behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams., display methods, and compliance with their Terms and Conditions. We are likely to continue to see more and more elimination from social media because of these issues – and the fact that a scammer can claim they are being harassed by an anti-scammer and Facebook with listen to that complain since there is NO LEGAL evidence to the contrary because of the amateurish approach by these anti-scammer groups.

So, in summary, it is important to recognize that MOST anti-scammers are incompetent, but there are a few that do good in their own way – that provide a form of safety net for those in the first fall, and do their best to help the victim through the initial shock. What they should understand more clearly is their limitation and stay within their sweet spot and stay out of what they are not competent to deal with, regardless of their ambition or egos.

For the rest, we have no doubt that Facebook’s moderators will continue their attrition of the herd.

For all victims, look for groups or organizations that provide full transparency – who runs the group (by real names), what kind of entity they are, where they are, and how they can be reached online and in the real world.

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One last comment for victims. When you want to ask about scammers recognize that time is limited and poorly formed and incomplete request just waste time. If you want to report a scammer go to the only global anti-scam reporting network at You put in a lot of effort going along with the scammer, put effort into reporting them too.