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We Have To Change Our Attitudes And Behaviors

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In The Beginning

In the days of AmericaOnline, Compuserve, Prodigy, and even the early days of the web in the 90s, it was all about exploring the amazing world online. You would reach out to complete strangers and develop incredible connections, making friends in the farthest corners of the globe.

But Those Days Are Gone!

Today we live in a world of more than a billion fakes everywhere. MORE THAN A BILLION FAKES!

No one can afford to reach out to strangers. If you do you will automatically be viewed as a 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., and if they reach out to you then they are the scammer – by definition.

We now live in a world, much like it used to be – at least if you have any sense. A world where you are introduced to new people by people you trust. Or you meet people in real life (of course even then, there are so many predators that you cannot tell.)

The World Of Making Friends From Strangers Is Over, And We All Killed It!

We support companies that control our lives yet we do nothing to hold them accountable. Facebook is a flawed and defective product. If it was a baby crib it would have been pulled from the market if millions of babies were harmed. Yet we allow Facebook to destroy lives daily and no one cares, as long as it is someone else. Worse still Facebook has their own paid lobbyists and “Victims’ Advocates” to parrot Facebook’s views and goals to avoid significant liability. The only real organization that is attempting to change this situation is 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. victims are not at fault for being scammed, yet we are all at fault for not holding the products at fault that we use that led to this.

The Time Has Come Again For Us To Express Our Political Will

SCARS must use the political arena to advance causes that benefit victims, their families, and their friends. SCARS has to do this now while there are opportunities to support candidates and causes that will help with this problem – regardless of which color their party is. All we can hope is that you can see past the political craziness and help us in this crusade.

SCARS will be supporting specific candidates that are willing to support our platform for change of the Communications Decency Act, the enactment of global treaties to hunt down cybercriminals worldwide, and changes in policing to address the vast escalating growth of cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. and 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..

Lessons Learned

The lessons we have learned from nearly 3 decades of online scams is simply that:

  1. We must stop being complacen