SCARS™ Scam Alert: A New Kind Of Socially Engineered Scam

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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. Alert: A New Kind Of Socially Engineered Scam

A New Kind Of Scam Is Appearing Thanks To Google Searches …

You are minding your own business searching Google or Bing for left-handed kumquats or spring-tailed dandy-lions and you see a link to an interesting website link in the search results.

You click on the link and it immediately redirects you to something else. A different website or page. If you have a good anti-malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. application running it will blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• the malware that might have been downloaded by visiting this webpage. If you don’t let’s hope you have the wrong kind of phone or tablet – because YOU KNOW you should be using antivirus or antimalware software right?

This Is What Is Popping Up On An Unknown Number Of Websites After The Redirect (See Image)

Screen Capture of Scam Webpage

Screen Capture of Scam Webpage

It has animations and speaks to how you are the 5 billionth person to search today, this week, whatever. It looks well designed – it shows other winners and how much they won!

But Like All Such Things, It Is A Socially Well-Engineered Scam

Was the original website a purposefully designed lure or honey pot, or was it one of the 60% of websites that have been hacked? Either way, it was a targeted weapon guided towards YOU. We all fall for this type of trap – since it is a linked website that fell within what you were looking for – it was natural that you would click on it. Once you did, they owned you – unless you had protection and recognized it for the trap it obviously was.

This is a perfect example of a well-crafted socially engineered scam. It is unavoidable. If gives no hint of its existence in advance.

The only protection is having the right software – such as Malwarebytes (what we use) and the scam avoidance discipline to STOP dead in your tracks, THINK about your next action, THEN ACT appropriately.

We rely on Google to screen for such traps, but clearly, all of the big tech companies have abandoned their responsibility. But each of us can learn to change our behaviors to prevent an accidental trap being turned into a catastrophe – yet over 98% of online users do not learn the basics. And this goes for companies whose IT department tries to teach something they poorly understand to their workforce.

It takes experts in social engineeringSocial Engineering Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests." 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. to help get your people to stop doing the wrong things.

If you are looking for the right people, contact us, we will be happy to share who is the best in the world at social engineering countermeasures because they work with literally millions of the victims of social engineering (hint – it is the US|GCP Division of SCARS at www.USGCP.com).

But, feel free to ignore the warning. Millions of people do every day. And it is for this reason that cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. will grow to exceed US$6 Trillion Dollars by the end of 2021 (per McAfee).

We wish you all the best of luck!

 

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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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