Scammer Name-Calling – Please Just Stop It!

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Why Stop Calling Scammers Names!?

Calling Criminals Names Only Hurts Their Victims!

We all see it all the time in the news, in commentary, and on social media. People calling criminals names – putting them down.

But Why Do People Do It?

This is an age-old attempt at chasing away our own fears, holding back the shadows. Putting a criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. or other hated person down is a way to deny that you could have been a victim, or that you might still be for someone like that criminal. It is whistling in the dark to chase away the demons.

But it does not work. In fact, it only causes harm.

This practice of name-calling and denigrating others only compromises the person’s own ethics, but much worse it harms those that were victimized by that criminal or others like them (him/her).

When you call a criminal a name – first and foremost it is a form of bullying. But it is also calling their victims names too.

Consider what you are doing when you call a scammer “stupid” – you are calling every one of the scammer’s victims stupid as well. After all, if the scammer is so stupid then how much more stupid do his victims have to be to have been scammed by him, right? Every epithet that you use to name a criminal then automatically applies to their victims.

Scammers do stupid things to be sure. They are many times sloppy and careless, and contextually ignorant. But they are not stupid – they are businesspeople using perfected methods to screen out those they cannot 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. allowing them to find and concentrate on those that they can. What looks like stupidity is really tactics. They know that cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. is a game of numbers, most attempts fail so they can screen out those not susceptible and leave the ones they can manipulate.

When You Resort To Name Calling

What You Imply About Yourself & Other Victims

After You Are Scammed You Feel AngerAnger 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. And 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. And Hate Towards Your Scammer!

It is natural to want to put the scammer down, but is it helpful?

People call other people names for a variety of reasons but mostly it only diminishes them.

Why Name-Calling Is Despicable

Extracted from an article By Emil Caillaux on the ThoughtCatalog

It is said that mankind only came into its own when it was able to recognize itself and others as actual people. Since then, however, we’ve done a pretty crappy job. Calling people names seems to be a practice as old as humanity itself.

However, lately a particularly nasty undercurrent of name-calling seems to be pervading society as a whole.

Fact: Calling someone a “bitch” is unacceptable. Calling someone an “asshole” is unacceptable. Calling someone a “retard” is unacceptable. Calling someone a “slut” is unacceptable. (And don’t get me started on religious, sexual and/or ethnic slurs.) If people want to be a part of civilized society, under no circumstances should they use these words (or any other, or any variation thereof, really) to describe other people. Period.

If someone calls someone else any of the above words within earshot (or screenshot) of other people, whether they really mean it or if it’s in jest or in an endearing fashion, they open the floor to have it used on them. The girl who calls her friends “bitches” at a bar (or, “betches,” because one letter clearly makes a difference) will more than likely be called one if someone gets pissed off at her.

By calling someone a name, what some people attempt to do is encase their opponent under a label deemed by society to be negative, minimizing them and whatever they were standing for. In reality, by doing so, they are allowing themselves to being labeled, and also lose both the high ground and the argument: no one has ever called someone any of the words specified above and received a response along the lines of, “You’re SOOO right. I am EXACTLY what you just called me. Tell me ALLLLL the things I’m doing wrong.” Calling someone a name equals an immediate forfeit and the validation and lionization of the other side.

Worst of all, however, should be the following: calling someone names is a sign that they are neither smart nor witty enough to defend themselves with a logical argument. “But the other person isn’t being logical and I don’t have enough time to lay it out for them” is a common defense. Balderdash. If they are engaging in a discussion spirited enough to qualify someone as beneath them, then they have a stake in being right and should take enough time to achieve that goal. Using a curse word is like taking a cannon to a knife fight — it’s cheap, it’s cowardly, and most of the time, it’s completely unnecessary and will only make it worse.

If someone really feels strongly about it and has an overwhelming need to call someone disgusting names they should do so privately, far from the eyes of other people, where they can truly, purely express themselves in as honest a fashion as they perceive is correct. These people should not be surprised, however, if the object of their attack takes offense and rips their head off.

I’m not attempting to be Emily Post – quite the opposite. I’m not holier-than-thou. I’m not a Boy Scout. But, like my grandfather told me once, “it doesn’t matter how the other person behaves in a fight; in the long run, it matters how you behave.” Calling someone a name is a lazy person’s resource. It takes away all of their collected knowledge, their education and their manners, putting them in the same class as barbarian trolls who don’t know any better.

The best arguments are those in which people use their brains. Where people take full advantage of thousands of years of evolution and use their words not as a blunt instrument, but in a way that would put Socrates to shameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness.. If you know anyone who fits the description above (and hopefully, you don’t) do us all a favor and teach them to be a better foil, and bask in the satisfaction of winning an argument via logic, charm and wit. It’s oh-so-much more satisfying, and in the end, we all win.

STOP CALLING CRIMINALS NAMES!

Let’s Repeat And Make This Clear

Scammers are not idiots. They are not stupid. They are not brainless. They are not animals. They are not lazy!

Scammers Are Criminals – Just That!

They are smart. They are hard-working. They are organized. Many are brilliant. And most importantly, Online Crime Is Real Crime!

Think About What It Says About YOU If They Were All The Things You Accuse Them Of Being?

It is understandable if you are a victim and were outsmarted by a smart hard-working criminal, but if they were stupid and lazy? What does that really say about you?

If you are not a victim, calling them names does not make you look any smarter either! In fact, while some humor can be beneficial when used to empathize with victims, calling scammers names is also very condescending towards victims and those close to them.

Creating false myths about these criminals only helps them continue doing what they do because people will not take them seriously. If even the victims don’t treat them seriously in what they say about these criminals then why should the rest of society?

Every Time You Call A Scammer These Names You Are Also Insulting The Victims They Outsmarted And Stole From!

You may dislike them, you may even hate them. But let’s look at the world realistically and identify things for what they are!

Enough Is Enough, Don’t You Think?

Stop insulting other victims by making up things about scammers. That’s what children do.

Let’s be adults! Let’s recognize scammers and cybercriminals for what they are: dedicated criminals that work hard to steal from other people. They use every technique at their disposal. They win when their skills are greater than those of the victims.

They may have grown up in a different culture and are ignorant of what you know, but they knew enough to fool you and many other victims.

We Don’t Like Them But We Recognize Them For What They Are!

You may not like a Cobra but you respect it. A Cobra cannot write music. A Cobra cannot add 1+1. But a Cobra is brilliant at being a deadly predator!

Respecting the danger that criminals represent is critical in controlling and stopping them. Calling them names just treats them as something not worthy of caution, plus it makes other victims feel that much worse and question themselves when in reality they were overcome by an expert – like it or not!

Let’s talk about scammers as what they are. Not stupid, not lazy, but as organized professional criminals capable of inflicting incredible pain and suffering. And that includes taking of lives – since around 20 people take their own life every day because of cyber-enabled 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.!

What Do You Say?

Just Stop Calling Scammers Names

Just Stop Calling Scammers Names

Remember This Is Not About What It Does To The Scammer!
It Is About What It Does To You!

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