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SCARS™ CAUTION: Fake Surveys Of Scam Victims
SCARS has long used surveys and polls to help refine our services as well as to inform our crime victims’ advocacy actions with government and other global organizations.
It is important to fully understand how victims respond to the trauma of scams, and the methods they use in coping. Plus it allows a better understanding of the skills both victims and the public acquires in avoiding future scams. These are legitimate studies and they respect our members’ and general public rights to privacy and are bound under the SCARS’ Code of Conduct and the NOVA Standard for Crime Victims’ Assistance.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A SURGE OF AMATEUR AND EVEN SCAMMER CREATED POLLS & SURVEYS TARGETING VICTIMS WORLDWIDE!
We want to urge caution when considering any poll or survey on any topic, but especially if you are the victim of an online crime!
You know that scammers maintain “victims lists” or “sucker lists” and they are using surveys & polls as a means to get inside your heads so that they can tailor secondary scams against you.
SCARS will not recommend or introduce surveys or polls to our members, victims, or audience unless they meet these criteria:
- Are SCARS approved
- Is provided by
- SCARS or our Member Groups, or
- From a government agency or other recognized NGO or Nonprofit, or
- From an academic research organization or institution or university – clearly identified
SCARS is proud to work with, as we have in the past, with leading universities studying the processes and effects of online scams on victims & their families. SCARS will continue to support this important research.
In addition, SCARS – through our websites and social media will, from time to time, conduct our own research, studies, surveys, and polls to help us better understand your needs and tune our FREE victims’ services to help you. No strings attached.
Remember, all of the SCARS services for victims are FREE. In addition, we conform to our own SCARS Code of Conduct and the NOVA Standard – these prohibit the sale or sharing of victim information with third parties without the victim’s content and knowledge. In this regard, we are committed to complying with the GDPR and other applicable privacy regulations and standards to the maximum extent possible.
We are very concerned about surveys now in circulation because many are directly from scammers or individuals that have no ethical commitment to your safety.
Here is an example of one survey – that appears to come from an individual “researcher” (as in an amateur looking to connect with victims) that we prohibited because there was no legitimate institution behind it, there was no commitment to the privacy of the victims, nor even any proper identification of the individual behind it.
We recommend NEVER taking a survey regarding scams, scam victims, your trauma, your recovery, or other related subjects unless:
- It is SCARS Authorized & Approved
- Displays the SCARS or the SCARS|ANALYTICS logos
Remember, that you are your own first line of defense against scams and scammers.
We will be happy to tell you if something like this is safe. You can reach us by:
- You can leave a comment on this post to ask
- You can contact us through Facebook: m.me/SCARS.News.And.Information or m.me/SCARS.SocietyAgainst.org
- You can send us an email: contact@AgainstScams.org
It is always best to be safe rather than sorry, right? After all, that is what brought you here in the first place!
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