Editorial: What Is The Answer To Scamming?
The first thing we all need to understand is that there are practical limits to what can be done right now.
The answer to scammers is not arresting them, any more than the answer to immigration is not deporting them all. Some yes, but not all.
The Answer Is A Process Of Change
Anti-Scam Groups do some good. (at least the good ones do). They educate, they inform, they guide, and proper legal support groups assist and support victims.
However, most Anti-Scam Groups do nothing about the problem of scamming. The reason is several-fold:
- They don’t reach or even know how to reach people before they become victims
- They are run by amateurs with zero experience in law enforcement or understanding in transnational crime
- They have no experience or credentials in victims’ assistance, and as such operate illegally in many countries
- They have zero budgets – no money
- They make false claims about what they do or can do – such as the retired Army Captain who has claimed for years that he goes to Ghana to arrest scammers and recover money
Off course, there are Anti-Scam Groups run by scammers too!
SCARS is the only real non-profit non-governmental [NGO] organization that is funded and has a full-time staff of actual employees.
SCARS is having an impact. In less than three years they have established partnerships with other NGOs, governments, and law enforcement around the world. But this is a slow process that is going to take time. It took a generation to profoundly impact other crimes such as drunk driving – today Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a massive force, but it took them a generation to reach their success. It will take a few years more before the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams can reach a similar level and that depends on the cooperation of governments such as the United States Government.
However, there are dozens of initiatives that are having an impact, and as time goes by they will expand and increase their impact.
Each of us has to do our part, this is not a hands-off process. If you expect someone else to do it all for you it will fail. Each of us has to do our part every day.
One of the first things we ALL need to do is stop listening to haters. These people spend more energy trying to destroy other groups (including SCARS) than they do achieving anything positive.
There are many great groups that are honest, transparent, and effective. Become an informed consumer of anti-scam services and information – you have choices and who you believe makes a difference in your own recovery, and for other victims.
In the end, being a spectator and expecting others to save you will not help bring about change.
Each person who has become a victim must stand up and take a stand with SCARS – groups on Facebook are generally just holding hands. Only SCARS member groups are taking active measures or are listened to by governments. So you can and must become an active advocate if you want to contribute.
If you would like more details or have suggestions of what you can do contact SCARS at contact@AgainstRomanceScams.org
For more information about SCARS or to become a member for free just visit their website at www.AgainatsRomanceScams.org
We hope you will step up and help make the online world a better place!
a division of the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS]
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