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SCARS|EDUCATION™ RomanceScamsNow.com™ is the official knowledge and victims' support publication of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams™ Incorporated [SCARS]™ It is edited and published by the SCARS Team. Contact@AgainstScams.org SCARS is the world's leading anti-scam charitable nonprofit nongovernmental organization, based in Miami Florida U.S.A. Its founder has been involved in combating online fraud since 1991. SCARS™ - the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. is a charitable nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to advocating victim's causes and changing government and law enforcement attitudes toward online fraud for good! Please join us in becoming a member of SCARS - it's free! Add your voice so that the world will listen at last - just go to www.AgainstScams.org. The SCARS|RSN website and all of our publications (including social media) are maintained by our own staff employees and volunteers to provide you the most up to date information about scams & scammers from around the world. We show you how to avoid them or recover from them. SCARS is the only registered online crime victims' assistance & support organization in the world. Be sure to report scammers here. Also, visit our main Facebook page for more information about romance scams.

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Article Removed At The Request Of The Author The SafeToNet Foundation (www.SafeToNet.org) sent this document to us via email without restrictions on distribution. It was for that reason we displayed it here. We presented it unaltered and fully acknowledging their copyright. We have since received a demand to remove the guide by the author. Clearly, the author is not interested in the widest possible reach or the audience we serve, and we have removed the [...]

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents New Phone Scam Claims Parents (or Grandparents) are Negligent SCARS™ Investigative ExclusiveIn a new scam starting up in California the scammer claims to have photos of children in the car without lawful child-safety seats or restraints. The phone scammer demands money or will send photos to child welfare/social services & police. If that were true could result in custody issues and fines. The victim must pay $500 immediately or [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams If Someone You Don’t Know Sends You A Check And Asks For Money Back, That’s A Scam Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than you are owed — [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released Data Reflects an Evolving Threat and the Importance of Reporting “Criminals are getting so sophisticated. It is getting harder and harder for victims to spot the red flags and tell real from fake.” Donna Gregory, chief, IC3 Internet-enabled crimes and scams show no signs of letting up, according to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in its 2019 Internet Crime Report. The last calendar year saw [...]

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled Crimes, Such As Scams, Blackmail Or Extortion EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminal offense. Pure and simple! Here is the definition in many U.S. States' Legal Codes: The crime of Extortion is committed when a person maliciously threatens to: Accuse another of any crime or offense; Injure the person, property or [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you or someone you know runs into problems. What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business!

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! Source: DataQuest What Drives The Business Of Cybercrime? Easy access to consumer data, numerous avenues to attack, technology-driven sophisticated tools, and of course the prospect of making easy money continues to fuel the growth of cybercrime Every day, you get a spam email or message urging you to click a link to update your bank details or run the risk of the account getting closed. Every day, you get [...]

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework This U.S. National Institute Of Standards & Technology Tool Will Help Optimize The Beneficial Uses Of Online Data While Protecting Individual Privacy Our data-driven society has a tricky balancing act to perform: building innovative products and services that use personal data while still protecting people’s privacy. To help organizations keep this balance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is [...]

SCARS™ Law Enforcement: EFCC Arrests 89 ‘Yahoo-Boys’ in Ibadan Nigeria Night Club

SCARS™ Law Enforcement: EFCC Arrests 89 ‘Yahoo-Boys’ in Ibadan Nigeria Night Club The Ibadan zonal office of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital of Nigeria. This is the EFCC's second-largest raid (after the 99 that were arrested at one time in 2019.) In preparation for the late-night operation which [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Reciprocity Rule & Scams

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Reciprocity Rule & Scams Definition Of Reciprocity In social psychology, reciprocity is a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions, they are frequently much nastier and even brutal. Reciprocity is also a technique of Social [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Fighting Cybercriminals In A Connected Future World

SCARS™ Special Report: Fighting Cybercriminals In A Connected Future World Insights From The Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference Examined Latest Cyber Threats, Trends And Strategies At The Hague, Netherlands 2019 A couple of months back, more than 400 experts from law enforcement, the private sector, and academia have gathered this week at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague for what is one of the world’s biggest platforms of exchange on cybercrime. Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference examined the latest [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Australian Bushfires and Scams

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Australian Bushfires and Scams An Alert from the Official ScamWatch https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ Australian Bushfires Spawn Scammers Too! The start of 2020 has not been an easy one for Australia, particularly those impacted by the bushfires. Australia's office government Scamwatch is warning all Australians to be on the lookout for fundraising scams and do their research when donating so that money can get to those who are in need, rather than those who would [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Screen Time, Sleep Deprivation, and Romance Scams

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Screen Time, Sleep Deprivation, and Romance Scams The Effects of Screen Time on Health Extract of an article by Dr. Gadi Lissak, Behavioral Medicine Psychologist & Biofeedback Specialist, on the effects of screen time on the health of children, adolescents, and adults. Introduction The variety of devices enabling media consumption is constantly increasing, and there is constant improvement in their technological capabilities.  However, one of the constant common characteristics [...]

SCARS™ Scammers Arrested: China Captures 99,000 Telecom Fraud Suspects In Campaign

SCARS™ Scammers Arrested: China Captures 99,000 Telecom Fraud Suspects In Campaign Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-25 18:09:58|Editor: huaxia BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have cracked 118,000 cases of telecom fraud and captured 99,000 suspects during their "Cloud Sword" operation launched in June, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday. "The figures marked a year-on-year increase of 62.7 percent and 135.6 percent, respectively", said Liu Zhongyi, director of the criminal investigation bureau under the ministry, at a [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Malaysia Arrests More Than 1,000 Online Scammers!

SCARS™ Scam News: Malaysia Arrests More Than 1,000 Online Scammers! Largest Online Scam Headquarters Raided by Malaysian Police / Immigration Department, 1,000 Arrested On the 20th of November, the Malaysian Immigration Department and Police raided a premise in Cyberjaya, Malaysia suspected to be the headquarters of the largest online scam syndicate in Malaysia. According to Malay Mail, they raided Wisma Mustapha Kamal in Neocyber where almost 1,000 Chinese nationals were arrested. Photos released on Facebook show [...]