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Victims Scamming Victims Warning
We recently had to ban someone from our social media pages and groups who is indeed a real victim, but she was trying to obtain money from other victims. When she was caught doing this, she denied it but the evidence is very clear. She thought she would try to 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. other victims into giving her money to make up for what she lost to her 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 effect, this was a victim who was in dire financial difficulty trying to scam other victims by making up stories, just like scammers do.
This is the first time we have seen this tactic, though it does not surprise us. There must be many victims that try to recover their money from other victims. While this is unforgiveable, it is understandable. Many victims are in terrible financial straights after their scam.
The point of this warning is that you can trust no one online! Not even other victims 100%.
Always be on guard for unethical or dishonest behaviorBehavior Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. regardless of who it might be.
Even good victims can turn to the same tactics as their scammers use if they have no other place to turn.
It is tragic that we have to ban people in need, but we have to look out for the greater number of honest victims and their safety.
ALWAYS FOLLOW THESE RULES:
- Never identify yourself as a victim on social media pages. You never know who is watching. If you need help contact us directly and we will help – you can message us by email or through our social media, we are always here. Keep in mind that commenting on this website is safe since the public cannot contact you except by leaving another comment.
- Never accept a request for direct messages or contact with a person leaving comments. Again you do not know who that is.
- If anyone asks you for something 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. Even a “victim” who sends you a friend request should be blocked, and you should notify us so we can take action or investigate.
- Be careful what you believe. You need to understand that you are pre-disposed to believe made up stories. You were scammed once, and most victims are scammed multiple times.
- No place is 100% safe. We block scamming countries and police our social media pages, groups, and websites for scammers, but you never know. Be careful what you say about yourself in public, and lock down your personal social media profile NOW!
THE BAD GUYS ARE STILL OUT THERE AND YOU ARE STILL VULNERABLE!
BE SMART ONLINE
STOP | THINK | THEN CONNECT!
a division of 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.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about 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. & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or 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. (www.IC3.gov)
- The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
Visit our Main SCARS™ News & Information Facebook page for much more information about scams and online crime: www.facebook.com/SCARS.Victims.Support.And.Recovery
To learn more about SCARS visit www.AgainstScams.org
Please be sure to report all scammers HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
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