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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.™ Report: Over 67,000 Scammers Arrested In 2020

SCARS has completed its preliminary year-end report on the number of scammers arrested during 2020

It is much better than we thought it was going to be!

We expected a very poor showing during this pandemic year where law enforcement was both restricted and totally focused on helping to protect their countries from the COVID-19 virusVirus A computer program that can replicate itself and spread from computer to computer or file to file. It comes to life only when you take a specific action, such as running a particular program.. Instead what we found was significant efforts worldwide. And even though the totals were less than 2019, we found a much more balanced and cooperative effort globally.

2020 was the year that global law enforcement got serious about 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.!

There were TWO MAJOR BRIGHT SPOTS:

  1. China reported over 30,000 scammers arrested inside of the PRC.
  2. Interpol reported more than 20,000 scammers arrested worldwide (outside of the PRC).

Overall, SCARS estimates that the current number of scammers, fraudsters, and cyber 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. criminals that have been arrested during 2020 is: 67,000

Here is Interpol’s summary report:

More than 20,000 arrests in year-long global crackdown on phone and Internet scams

Targeting rising trends in telephone and online scams, Operation First Light intercepted over 150 million dollars in illicitillicit Illicit means something that is not legally permi