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:
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 CartelCartel A scamming cartel is any criminal organization with the intention of engaging in larger-scale financial fraud operations. They range from loosely managed agreements among various scammer gangs to formalized commercial enterprises. The term was applied when the largest scammer gangs organizations reached a size and scope of a major enterprise, including control of corrupt politicians and local officials. In truth, most scammer cartels do not exactly meet the definition of a cartel, but the term stuck and it is now popularly used to refer to any large criminal fraud organization. – 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
Categories of Risk
Now that we have defined the most obvious types of online criminals let’s break them down into a few risk categories:
- 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 POLICELocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. IMMEDIATELY.
- 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 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. 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.
- 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 criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. 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. 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 to countries that have professional law enforcement that can chase these criminals back to their home countries. So scams are almost always limited to financial losses 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 lean to the side of caution. Better safe than sorry – don’t you wish you had thought of that before becoming involved with 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. 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!
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