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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: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

Why Does It Matter Anyway?

It is essential that law enforcement and the government knows about 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. & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

By knowing better how many of these crimes take place, the government can plan and prioritize more resources and the need for international cooperation. Remember the squeaky wheel gets oiled.

But if only 3% of victims report these crimes, it does not seem to be as big a problem. This is one of the major reasons why so little action was taken during the last U.S. Administration. Now real actions are being taken, that resulted in more than 21,000 scammers being arrested in just 2018.

Reporting (Exposing Scammers) On Facebook And Other Websites

In most cases, exposing or reporting scammers and fakes on amateur pretender or scam-hater social media pages/groups or amateur anti-scam websites is a waste of time.

There is some value to help other victims discover they have been scammed, but ONLY SCARS developed a true worldwide scam data reporting network (SCARS|CDN™ connected to this website, Anyscam.com », and dozens more) that connects our data with agencies around the world. No one else does anything other than paste it on a page.

SCARS also have dedicated Reporting & Action Groups on Facebook to removed fake profiles from Facebook and Instagram. If you would like to volunteer and help in that activity, please go here: www.facebook.com/groups/RSN.Army »

Do Your Duty

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. Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov »)
  3. The Scars 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.

If you Did Not Lose Money

  1. Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov »)
  2. The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE » or on www.Anyscam.com »

It Takes Just A Few Minutes

Remember how much time you spent being scammed? The hours and hours you spent believing in a fantasy?

Reporting only takes a few minutes. You don’t have to write a book, just provide the basic facts! What he said or she said is not so important. Provide the contact info, the names, the locations, and the money details. That is enough to help, and if they need more then law enforcement will contact you.

Do They Follow Up?

In most cases, you will not