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That Is A Very Complex Question.

You would think that there has to be a simple answer. Indeed, maybe there is?

In looking at online fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. over the last 27 years we have developed a Road Map to End Scamming. Sadly we cannot do it by ourselves.

The SCARS™ Road Map To End Scamming Online

There are several complex transnational problems that must be solved to bring scamming to a full-stop.

However, we first have to define what STOP means in this context.

To stop scamming means that there are no organized cartels or gangsGangs A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested. involved in scamming any longer. There may still be a small (less than 1,000) individual scammers working, but law enforcement worldwide can find and arrest them regardless of which country they operate in, and they can be cut off from the internet quickly to minimize harm to others. That is what we mean by stopping!

The effort to make this happen can be done in FIVE PHASES over a period of 4 to 5 years as follow:

The SCARS Stop Scamming Road Map Infographic

The SCARS Stop Scamming Road Map InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations.

PHASE ONE: Major 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, irres