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A Special Report from 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.™ – Society of Citizens Against Relationship ScamsSCARS 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. Inc.
Every 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. Victim Needs To Read This
Anti-Scam Quackery & The Need For Professionalism
Quackery, Often Synonymous With Many Different Types Of 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., Is The Promotion Of Fraudulent Or Ignorant Practices
A “Quack” is a “fraudulent or ignorant pretender to professional skill” or “a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, qualification or credentials they do not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman”. In other words, a Fake!
Common elements of general quackery include questionable recommendations for a range of approaches to everything from healthcare to legal advice, as well as untested or refuted information or treatments for mental conditions, especially for serious diseases such as PTSD or depression. Quackery is often described as “health fraud” with the salient characteristic of aggressive promotion. Except, in this case, it is Anti-Scam Quackery by leading victims to non-professional, incompetent, or incorrect solutions and advice.
Quacks also engage the overt attacking of legitimate professional service providers by name. Quacks tend to view themselves as “pure” providers because they are not encumbered by professional standards or organizations. They are purely interested in the outcome – though in truth they have no idea how to get there.
Anti-Scam Quacks are so numerous that the numbers can almost not be believed. They number in the thousands on Facebook alone.
Some are a single person hiding behind their page, others are small groups of “friends” (meaning victims) that may be well-intentioned but without any real formalization.
Many claim they are just there to see things change, to get awareness or scammers arrested. They even claim they will step away once the goal has been achieved.
Yet in many cases, they actually do more harm than good by leading victims away from real solutions and real support.