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SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 7 – No One Is Doing Anything!
Nothing Is Being Done?
We constantly hear from victims that say that no one is doing anything, or that nothing is being done!
Unfortunately, it can certainly seem that way.
But nothing could be farther from the truth.
Most people believe that all crime is handled the way they see it on TV. You report it, and the police jump on it immediately. By the end of the episode, the criminals are found, arrested, tried in court, and sentenced.
Except that the real world doesn’t work like that.
First A Reality Check!
Most scammers do not live where you live – regardless of what their fake profiles say.
They live in Africa, Malaysia, Russia, and elsewhere. So by definition, they live in another country with their own laws and their own law enforcement – most of them are also very corrupt.
In most of the world, the process to get a criminal arrested in another country is extreme, then you have to deal with the extradition to a favorable country where the criminal can be tried. But scammers live in shit-hole countries where the rule of law can be bought for not very much money. In Ghana or Nigeria, you can buy a cop for US$10 a month!
Additionally, in the case of West Africa, as long as they are not scamming local citizens their country really doesn’t care. Why should they waste resources arresting people when they actually need the cash flowing into their country?
This makes the vast majority of scammers immune from arrest and prosecution.
Of course, there are exceptions, but those are so few as to be almost nonexistent.
Second, Do You Even Know Who Scammed You?
With over 400 million fake identities in use (per SCARS analysis 2017), it is rare that a victim knows the real identity of their scammers.
Notice we said scammers – plural – because most victims are scammed by teams of scammers. There will be multiple individuals communicating with the victim under one identity. Plus the scammers us others to pick up the money – either mules (a victim who is willingly helping a scammer, though many do not know it) or their agents in the money transfer services. The result is: it is very unlikely that you have the scammer’s name.
Who will the police arrest if you don’t have a real name?
Third, Investigations On Demand!
Most scam victims somehow believe that they will hand over a name and someone will immediately launch a full-scale global investigation to find who the scammer really is and where they are.
We receive over 150 such demands a day.
But think about that… Who will pay for all of that investigative work, across multiple borders in multiple countries?
Victims by and large, are unwilling to even report scammers, much less financially support investigations. Also, any investigative service or company that offers this for a fee is most likely a scammer themselves.
The FBI will do it, right?
It is true the national police forces do investigate crimes, but they only have the resources they have and are not able to chase down every possible report that is made.
What they do instead is accumulate information until they have enough to justify more action.
This is one of the keys to the SCARS|CDN™ Anti-Scam Data Reporting Network (www.Anyscam.com, www.RomanceScamsNow.com, and about 50 other reporting entry points – including the RSN Facebook pages). Information is collected and distributed to those that need it, and it is maintained permanently so that as more information comes in it can trigger investigations.
Every report matters, but not always at that moment.
Most victims do not even bother to report scammers, and those that do rarely have complete information. So it has to be aggregated into a massive database where it can be searched and cross-referenced to be made usable. This is how all law enforcement really works – data collection, data filtering and mining, and data reporting to produce a picture that can be understood and exploited.
Fourth, How Do They Get Arrested?
There are two main enforcement models being employed now.
- Watch lists and apprehension: This means that the reports help provide background information when a scammer applies for visas or immigration approval. It also can be used at frontiers to hold a person that appears on a watch list. Currently, this is in its beginning stages for tracking scammers – is very advanced for terrorists, but global criminal data is evolving and being developed and needs much more cooperation and effort on the part of Western Countries. However, real progress is being made. Our network is a perfect example of that!
- Asset Seizures: while African countries do not want to arrest most scammers, they do value the money that scammers earn. Tax collectors in Africa and elsewhere have started to focus on going after the money and property that scammers acquire. This is far easier for local African prosecutors to bypass the police and just seize the money and property, shutting down a scamm