SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS.™ Insight: Why Do We Fight Each Other? Call To Action!
What Is Missing Is An Anti-Romance 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. Statement of Principals – But What Does That Mean?
The SCARS Management Team has had a revelation recently about the fight against scammers.
Almost no one is fighting the same fight.
Why is that? How could that be?
We all see the same enemy but anti-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. groups spend as much time fighting each other as they do helping victims – at least this is true of groups that are not SCARS Members.
We have seen that similar problems exist in other areas of victim and recovery support, and one of the main reasons is (it seems) is the lack of agreed-upon fundamentals. SCARS has a well defined thorough set in its Code of Conduct and through the international NOVA Standard for Victim’s Assistance, but SCARS is the ONLY anti-scam organization that adheres to these (of course SCARS is the only real anti-scam organization period).
We think that it would be a good idea to create a set of First Principals that all anti-scam groups, individuals, advocates, and organizations can agree upon. Then at least victims would understand what everyone stands for. Or so goes the theory.
SCARS would like to ask each member of this group to suggest what you think these fundamentals are. Add them as comments to this document so they can be reviewed and explored. This will help you solve some of the fundamental problems that keep the anti-scam community divided and advance the state of anti-scam efforts in the process.
What do you think are these fundamentals or first principals. Add as many as you want, everyone has a voice and say in this. Share your thoughts now while it can make a difference. BUT please be both thoughtful and adult – childish hate is not helpful. Remember, that this is from the perspective of what the community of anti-scammers can work towards.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
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:
- Local PoliceLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
- The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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To learn more about SCARS visit www.AgainstScams.org
Please be sure to report all scammers HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
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