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SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: Spotting Scammers
You Want To Learn To Spot Scammers, Right?
Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about words like:
- I think
- I guess
- I assume
- I believe
These are excuses for not knowing. Excuses for not putting the work in to know something for sure.
When you were scammed, you thought he/she was real. You assumed it was ok. You guessed it would be fine. You believed what the scammer told you. Right?
How Well Did That Work Out?
Now you are doing the same thing trying to identify scammers.
- You think they are a scammer
- You guess they are a scammer
- You assume they are a scammer
- You believe they are a scammer
Think about what you are saying for a minute.
YOU are accusing a person of being fake. YOU are accusing them of being a criminal.
Imagine if the court system operated that way? Too often that is exactly the way it works when juries or judges do not force themselves to know for sure.
We are saying this because when you pass judgment on a scammer you are acting as judge, jury, and executioner.
Take the time to learn so that you can know. If you do not know or are not sure ask someone who is a professional (hint hint SCARS, our Volunteers, or SCARS Members).
Running around guessing is what got you scammed and it is the one thing you must give up to remain safe. Stop guessing.
If you do not KNOW someone is safe then avoid them, block them, and move on. At least you are not guessing, you are accepting that you do not know and acting in the safest way possible.
If you want to learn to spot scammers stop listening to urban legends and instant experts. Take the time to read and absorb the knowledge. There is no magic shortcut. These are skills you will be learning.
The instant experts have not taken the time or do not have the skill to know – they are guessing too! 98% of all anti-scam groups on Facebook have no clue. That is why SCARS Members follow a strict Code of Conduct.
Now That You KNOW You Were Guessing – Don’t!
We wish you all a safe scammer free holiday season!
A SCARS Division
Miami Florida U.S.A.
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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 Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov)
- The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – 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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