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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: Soldier ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors.
Impersonations – Of Real Military People
The practice of impersonating Soldiers for financial gain is common in 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. online. When impostor accounts are identified, it is important to report the accounts to the host platforms.
- Twitter allows users to create parody, satire, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts that mimic organizations if they indicate that they are “unofficial” or “fan” accounts.
- On Facebook, they are not allowed and should be reported as Fake or using a False Name
- On most other social media fake or impersonation accounts are not allowed and should be reported to them
Identifying An Impostor
If you suspect you have identified an impostor account, you should confirm the account is not registered on the U.S. ARMY SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTORY »
Impostors are damaging not only to an individual’s reputation but also to the U.S. Military. It is important to know the warning signs of a military imposter scamImposter Scam A caller poses as someone you know or trust in order to obtain money or personal information. They often spoof a legitimate caller's number to appear more realistic. or the common identifiers associated with an impostor account.
- The account is not registered and/or verified.
- The account has very few photos.
- The account has very few posts or the posts are not real life posts
- The photos are posted in the same date range.
- The account has few followers or comments.
- The account name and photos do not match.
- There are obvious grammatical errors.
- Key information is missing.
- Official accounts will not send friend requests. If you receive a request from an account claiming to be a senior leader, report it.
NEVER ACCEPT A FRIEND REQUEST / MESSENGER REQUEST / CONNECTION REQUEST FROM A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY UNLESS YOU PERSONALLY KNOW THEM
The individual scammers or groups of scammers (gangsGangs A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested. or cartels) establishing military impostor accounts can be clever — using different usernames, similar spellings, stolen personal photos, stolen official photos, and even changing the nametape (photoshopping) on Soldier’s uniforms.
Remember, anyone in the U.S. Military Family is vulnerable.