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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.™ Special Report: Fake Pages – TrojanTrojan Software that's hidden within apparently harmless data — or masquerades as a regular program — and when activated, can deliver such blows as corrupting data on your hard drive or sending files and account information to hackers. Unlike viruses and worms, Trojans do not self-replicate and spread to other computers. Pages

We all know the story of a Trojan HorseTrojan Horse Software that's hidden within apparently harmless data — or masquerades as a regular program — and when activated, can deliver such blows as corrupting data on your hard drive or sending files and account information to hackers. Unlike viruses and worms, Trojans do not self-replicate and spread to other computers., right? We have heard about Trojan computer viruses too!

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WHAT IS A “TROJAN PAGE”?

Simply it is a page that looks completely real. That is, it looks real unless you look close.

Sometimes you have to be a subject matter expert to see that a page (or even a website) is not quite right!
Most of the time, a TROJAN PAGE has a large amount of content or posts. It can be well written, and the posts make sense because they are all thematic – about a specific subject. You would not suspect it at first glance.

The same could be said about your 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. too right?

But that is the idea – to lull you into a sense of overconfidence – just like your 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.!

Remember your romance scam? At first glance, you would think it was a real person too right? But you (most of you) have learned that first glances can be deceiving – or at least you should have learned that.

What is a TROJAN PAGE for?

It depends on the context.

  • We know the Russians create fake political pages and use them as weapons to affect political opinions and election outcomes everywhere in the world.
  • Advertisers use fake TROJAN PAGES as a kind of clickbait – using 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." to pull unsuspecting consumers to products or services – some real some not real.
  • You have all seen articles for “The 10 Most Shocking Truths About Childhood Piercings” or something equally outrageous.
  • We also know that scammers create fake pages for the purpose of harvesting victims who seek knowledge 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., so they can victimize them again!

There are TROJAN PAGES or FAKE PAGES for virtually every subject.

The intent behind these pages is not always clear, but there is always a reason.

Top Reasons For Cybercriminal Fake Pages on Facebook:

  • Victim Harvesting – identifying possible/probably targets for other follow-on scamsFollow-on scams