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SCARS™ Guide: Threats And Your Local Risk

Are You Worried That Scammers Will Come After You?

We have heard from countless victims who truly feared for their lives! Almost always without real reason, but for every rule there are exceptions.

Let’s Break Down What Your Real Risks Are:

First, it is important to understand that not all scammers or online criminals are African. Frankly, this makes a major difference in the type and magnitude of risk to you and your family. Remember, we are not talking about online reach – we are talking about the physical/real world reach here!

  • African Scammers – are primarily just online thugs – even if they work for a major African Scamming Cartel – they are local in Africa (generally) –  more about them later
  • Russian and Eastern European Online Criminals – these guys have a network of criminals all over the world. They are in your town or at least nearby
  • Chinese Online Criminals – they also have major networks throughout the world
  • Caribbean Online Scammers And Thugs – are mostly just in the Caribbean but they have friends throughout the Americas and Europe – almost no one in Asia
  • Iranian Online Criminals – are very limited – they hide from within Iran
  • North Korean Scammers And Cybercriminals – they are also very limited to their own country almost exclusively
  • Philippines Scammers – while they have lots of friends everywhere, they are just local in the Philippines (same with other South and Southeast Asians)
  • Homegrown Con-Artists – are local and a real potential threat
  • Other Kinds Of Criminals Online – such as pedophiles, stalkers, human traffickers, rapists, and more are also local and potentially real threats

Second, now that we have defined the most obvious types of online criminals let’s break them down into a few risk categories:

  1. HIGHEST RISK – local threats. Anyone that is in your country is a potential threat – a real potential threat. Always be cautious about ANYONE that is after more than just money, or makes threats against you and your family. These should always be reported to your LOCAL POLICE IMMEDIATELY.
  2. MEDIUM RISK – maybe local threats. Yes, cybercriminals from different parts of the world may have local operatives, but in general, they want money from their activities and do not want to involve local attention. For example, Nigerian Scammers are more of a risk to the English than they are Canadians or Americans, just because there are more Nigerians in the U.K. and they are more criminally organized. Same for Russian bride scams in the U.K. and Europe. But always involve your local police when there are any threats made that you feel may be a real risk.
  3. LOW RISK – we never say ZERO RISK but most romance and online scams out of Africa are very low risk. This is because scammers do not need or especially want a network of criminal gangs around the world to hunt down victims. They just want to do their thing (con you out of your money) and have the authorities leave them alone. Local actions will bring far too much attention in countries that have professional law enforcement that can chase these criminals back to their home country. So scams are almost always limited to financial loses for the victim regardless of how many threats the scammers throw at their victims.

Of course, any threat that is made against you or your family is serious regardless of who or where it comes from.

We always encourage you to report all scams properly, and if there are money losses or threats involved always talk to your local police. Even if you just suspect you are at risk because you gave out your address or enough information for the bad guys to find you and your family talk to the police. At a minimum, the police can record the event and be able to respond rapidly if something goes wrong. They may tell you there is nothing to worry about, and most of the time they will be right, but informed is prepared, and then they will take you seriously if something really does happen.

Unfortunately, we cannot tell you what the risk is in every situation. We can only generalize, but you have to assess your own situation and we always suggest you to lean to the side of caution. Better safe than sorry – don’t you wish you had thought of that before becoming involved with a scammer in the first place? But now you can!

We hope this Guide helps you better understand how to think about the risks and that you can better decide what to do if you are threatened. Please share your views and experiences with us in a comment below!

SCARS the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Incorporated


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Miami Florida U.S.A.


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