SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION

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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.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. Definition: EXTORTION

Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled CrimesCyber-enabled Crimes A Cyber-enabled crime is one where technology facilitates a criminal to commit a crime against an individual or a business. These are where there is a one to one relationship between the criminal and the victim. Romance scams, email fraud, and many other types of scams are considered cyber-enabled crimes. The technology used can be the Internet, a computer, a phone, or other devices., Such As 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., Blackmail Or Extortion

EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION

In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. 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 reputation of another;

  • Expose another to disgrace;

  • Expose any secret affecting another; or

  • Impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another.

  • With the intent to:

    • Extort money or any pecuniary advantage; or

    • Compel any person to do any act or refrain from doing any act against their will.

For example: if you threaten some action for the purpose of obtaining an action by another person it is extortion. When a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. (or anyone) threatens you in return for you doing some action then that is extortion.

  • It can be extortion even if the threat is pretended or false.
  • It can be extortion even if it does not involve money.
  • The key is that there is a threat and the demand for an action.

An “extorter” can threaten jail, or financial penalties, public exposure, or even a lawsuit – in return for the “extorted” performing some action.

  • Extortion is NOT bullying. Bullies just harass without the demand for anything specific.
  • But if a bully demands that you do SOMETHING then it is extortion!

The actions could be: not reporting a crime, removal of some information, deleting a social media profile, or sending money.

Monetary extortion or blackmail is what most people are familiar with. But extortion does NOT have to include money and it is still a crime.

If someone threatens you with any action unless YOU do something, report it to your police as extortion. Never feel embarrassed because you are being victimized and the only way to put these thugs in their place is by reporting these crimes!

Remember, extortion is a serious criminal act and is subject to extradition!

The crime of Extortion is a Felony and is punishable in many locations by up to decade or more in prison and fines of $10,000 or more.

Always be careful online. Scammers and haters are everywhere. But by using the criminal justice system effectively we can combat these criminals wherever they are!

 

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Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. U.S. State Police (if you live in the U.S.) – they will take the matter more seriously and provide you with more help than local police
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