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Have You Been Threatened By 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.?

What to do when you are receiving harmful threats from scammers by phone or email

Types Of Threats:

Threats from scammers have become commonplace online and in email. 

Their threats can range from a warning that if you do not send them money they will report you to the FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. and/or Secret Service, to threats on your life or the lives of your children.

The threats can be terrifying in their intensity and must be successful or the scammers wouldn’t keep doing it to extort money from their victims.

Assassination Threats

Don’t worry, no one has been hired to kill you regardless of what the scammer says.  This common email is a simple attempt at extortion and it works. Extortion emails are on the increase from African Scammers everywhere from Ghana to Malaysia.  The emails are written by scammers mostly using a pre-defined  script which they send out to thousands of people around the world.  The FBI has this to say: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/january/threatscam_111507

If you have received an assassination email, ignore it – nothing is going to happen. It is just a desperate scammer trying to steal your money!

You Broke The Law Threat – You Are Involved – Complicity

This is a case where they threaten to turn you in for your participation in laundering money, or their 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.. They threaten to report you to a government law enforcement authority, Don’t worry, while you may have done something stupid, you did not benefit from it.

Just remember, the scammers only wins if you believe them, not if they actually do it. No law enforcement agency is going to listen to a scammer anyway. A 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. complaint cannot be opened without there being evidence of a crime, and the only evidence the scammer can supply is that of his own criminal activities.  Don’t worry about it.

Extortion Threats

Scammers do make threats to send very personal information, photos, and videos to your social media friends, family, employers, and others. This is a threat that you should take seriously, because they can do it without risk to themselves.

The obvious answer is never share compromising things with a scammer, jet people are dumb and do it.

But there is a way to limit damage:

  1. Remove them as a friend or contact from all of your social media immediately
  2. Tell your friends and family that you received threats from some African Scammer – everybody understands who these people are, and it will disarm anything the scammer does.
  3. Depending on what the scammer has, if it is really bad, you can send them a very small amount – saying you have no more to send.

Just Chill

Almost all threats that you will receive from a scammer are meaningless, because the fact is they are incompetent and don’t have enough time to really go after you. They are also half a world away.

In every case, when you receive a threat, be sure you report it to your local police – it is a crime, and they need to have it on file regardless. Without reporting such threats, your authorities have no way to assess the magnitude of them.

  • If the threats come by email, make them as spam.
  • If the threats come by SKYPE or WHATSUP – blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• them.
  • If on your phone, there are two things to do.
    • Most phone companies offer a Call Block Service – you can use this to block callers
    • If you can’t block, suggest the scammer call back at a specific time, and arrange for a male friend to be there. Once you answer and have the scammer on the line, have the male friend take over the call:

      “Hello, who am I speaking to? This is officer Robert Maxwell from the online crimes division. I understand that you are threatening

      [your name]? Please stay on the line while I trace this call”  Have fun with the scammer at this point – just do not say that you are from any specific law enforcement agency since that is a crime.

Look, scammers know how to get under your skin and scare you, just as they knew how to convince you they were sincere up front. Not all are very smart, but they are organized and sometimes very persistent.

Actually, your greatest risk is that they will use your identity as a TROLL – to scam other people under your name and using your photos – so be watchful.

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