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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. Basics: A Taxonomy

There Are A Lot Of Different Words Or Terms Used To Describe Different Kinds Of People Involved In Romance 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.!

WARNING: SOME OF THESE TERMS USED BY NIGERIAN AND OTHER SCAMMERS ARE OFFENSIVE – DISCRETION IS ADVISED

Here Is A Guide To The Meaning Of Many Of Those Terms (A Taxonomy)

TERMS FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SCAMS:

  • ACCESSORY (SUPPORTER): someone in the victim’s own country working with the 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. – may collect money but is not a muleMule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes.
  • AJE BUTTER [SCAMMER SLANG]: rich spoiled person – rich victim or rich scammer
  • AKATA [SCAMMER SLANG]: white man – also called COLONIZER
  • AMEBO [SCAMMER SLANG]: backbiter/rumor-monger
  • ANTI-SCAM GROUP: a group of people involved in helping to expose scammer or educate the public – usually amateurs /nonprofessional – most do more harm to victims
  • ANTI-SCAM HATE GROUP: an amateur group pretending to be experts in scams and scamming that focuses on hate for scammers
  • ARISTO [SCAMMER SLANG]: Yahoo Boys that like young girls (underage or teens)
  • BADDO [SCAMMER SLANG]: is another word for ‘Bad Guy’ used to describe how good a scammer is at a particular thing – ironically, is also a major dating website
  • CATCHER [SCAMMER SLANG]: a scammer who makes the first contact with a victim and then start to pass them onto another scammer who finishes the job/closes
  • CHOP COCKROACH [SCAMMER SLANG]: pregnant Yahoo girl – used in rituals
  • CHURCH MEMBER [SCAMMER SLANG]: This is a word commonly used by FRAT BOYS/CULTISTS/RITUALISTS
  • CLIENT [SCAMMER SLANG]: a victim being groomed by a scammer
  • COACH [SCAMMER SLANG]: a scammer trainer
  • COLONIZER [SCAMMER SLANG]: white man
  • CULTISTS: involved in Yahoo Yahoo rituals
  • FLASH BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: a successful scammer that shows their wealth
  • FRAT BOYS [SCAMMER SLANG]: involved in Yahoo Yahoo rituals
  • 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. BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: can mean a Yahoo Boy, GBoy, or Sakawa Boy – but is used more for non-internet actors
  • FRAUDSTERFraudster 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.: the cybercriminals themselves
  • G BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: equivalent and slightly more modern that ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’
  • GBEBORUN [SCAMMER SLANG]: backbiter/rumor-monger also called
  • GUY [SCAMMER SLANG]: scammer engaged in advance fee fraudAdvance Fee Fraud An advance fee scam or fraud is a form of fraud and is one of the most common types of online confidence tricks. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster claims will be used to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears.
  • GUYMAN [SCAMMER SLANG]: scammer engaged in advance fee fraud
  • JEW [SCAMMER SLANG]: non-cultist/non-ritualist
  • JONES [SCAMMER SLANG]: mean