SCARS™ Scam Basics: What Is A Scam?

You Would Think This Would Be Well Understood? But It’s Not!

What Is A Scam?

About half the people that we talk to think it is only a scam if they sent money to the scammer! A very large number of people who have been scammed, don’t think they were scammed.

So what is it?


is a noun, and is pronounced: ˈskam
Definition of scam: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation

That Is According To Merriam Webster.

Did You Notice That It Did Not Mention Money?

Synonyms of the word Scam: bunco (or bunko), con, flimflam, fraud, gyp, hustle, sting, swindle

According to the Business Dictionary:

A SCAM is a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value. Scams traditionally resided in confidence tricks, where an individual would misrepresent themselves as someone with skill or authority, i.e. a doctor, lawyer, investor. After the internet became widely used, new forms of scams emerged such as lottery scams, scam baiting, email spoofing, phishing, or request for help. These are considered to be email fraud.

Notice again that it says “an attempt to obtain money or something else of value

Also, notice that THEY consider Scam Baiting to also be a fraud!

For those of you that think you were not scammed, the simple act of contacting you using a fraudulent name or identity for the purpose obtaining money or something else of value (namely your trust) is a SCAM.

In Reality, Even If You Only Engaged In A Conversation With A Scammer, And You Believed Their Story If Even For A Moment – Then You Were Scammed.

Another word for Scam is Bunco (Bun·co). Also called bun·ko  (bŭng′kō). The plural is bun·cos also bun·kos. It is a swindle in which an unsuspecting person is cheated; a confidence game. In other words, they were bun·coed bun·koed or bun·ko·ing or bun·kos. It means to swindle. This term probably is an alteration of the Spanish “Banca”  card game or “banco” which means bank.

Regardless, A Scam Is The Attempt To Cheat Or Swindle, Not The Success Of It

So stop thinking you were not scammed just because you did not lose money. You lost your trust, you time, and in most cases your heart to the scammer. And of course, for all too many their precious money.

You Were The Victim Of A Scam – Own It!
Now Move On To Becoming A Survivor!

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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:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
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