SCARS™ Special Report: Where Do Scammers Scam Scam Victims?

We Are Asked Every Single Day If Scammers Scam On This Social Media Or That One!

While This list may not be complete these are ALL places where scammers scam on Social Media. In other words, everywhere!

If you belong or have an account on any of these – then you are a target.

We recommend that you close all social media accounts that you do not depend on. Especially if you joined one (such as Google Hangouts) just for the purposes of talking to a scammer!

List Of Scammer Filled Social Media


Name Description/focus Date launched Registered users Social networking site October 2009 5,000,000 Social networking site for academics/researchers September 2008 18,000,000
aNobii Books 2006
AsianAvenue A social network for the Asian American community 1997
aSmallWorld European jet set and social elite worldwide March 2004 550,000
Athlinks Running, swimming 2001 139,458 Independent music 2010
Bebo General July 2005 117,000,000 Norwegian community 1 June 2005 430,000
BlackPlanet Black Americans 1 September 1999 20,000,000 General 1996
Busuu Language learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain) 16 May 2008 12,000,000
Buzznet Music and pop-culture 2005 10,000,000
CafeMom Mothers December 2006 1,250,000
Care2 Green living and social activism 1998 9,961,947
CaringBridge Not for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. 1997 9,500,000
CarSwap Car swap and sales matching platform. 2016 100,000 School, college, work and the military 1995 50,000,000
Cloob General. Popular in Iran 2004
Commonground Environmental and property due diligence professionals 2007 5,000
CouchSurfing Worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit. 2003 2,967,421
CozyCot East Asian and Southeast Asian women 2001 150,000
Crunchyroll Anime and forums. 2006
Cucumbertown Networking for cooks 2012
Cyworld General. Popular in South Korea. 1999 24,000,000
DailyStrength Medical & emotional support community – physical health, mental health, support groups 4 November 2007
delicious Social bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interests September 2003 8,822,921
DeviantArt Art community 7 August 2000 26,000,000
Diaspora* Decentralized, user-owned, open source, nonprofit, privacy aware, general November 2010 669,000+
Disaboom People with disabilities (amputees, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities) 2007
Dol2day Politic community, social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries) 15 May 2000 40,200
DontStayIn Clubbing (primarily UK) April 2003
douban Chinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music. 2005 46,850,000
Doximity U.S. Physicians and medical doctors. 2011 400,000 General (primarily LVLTHU) April 24, 2004 2,600,466
Dreamwidth Blogging. 2009 Chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities 2000 2,000,000
Elftown Community and wiki around fantasy and sci-fi. Feb 2002 185,000
Elixio Business executives jet set and global elite. July 2007 80,000
Ello General March 2014
English, baby! Students and teachers of English as a second language 2000 1,600,000 For baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond. Jul 2006
eToro Social investing, finance May 2007 2,500,000
Experience Project Life Experiences 2007
Facebook General: photos, videos, blogs, apps. February 2004 2,270,000,000
Fetlife People who are into BDSM January 2008 2,701,715
FilmAffinity Movies and TV series 2002 250,000
Filmow Movies and TV series 2009
FledgeWing Entrepreneurial community targeted towards worldwide university students Feb 2009
Flickr Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide February 2004 32,000,000
Flixster Movies 2007 63,000,000 Business-to-business, worldwide 2005 850,000
Fotki Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend’s feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration. October 1998 1,632,565
Fotolog Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain 2002 20,000,000
Foursquare Location-based mobile social network 2009 20,000,000
Friendica Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general July 2010
Fuelmyblog Blogging community July 2007 50,000
Fyuse A spatial photography app and website which lets users capture and share interactive 3D images. 2014 social networking service created as an alternative to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. 2016 310,000
Gaia Online Anime and games. Popular in United States, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia. 2003 23,523,663
GamerDNA Computer and video games 21 September 2006 310,000 Travel social network July 1998 Article, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions 25 Feb 2005 465,000 Social network for LGBT community, guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping 16 May 2008 100,000 Families, genealogy 16 January 2007 15,000,000
Gentlemint Community for sharing and discussing all things manly 25 November 2011
GetGlue Social network for entertainment. 28 October 2008 2,000,000
GirlsAskGuys A community where people help each other by sharing their experiences & opinions. June 2007 450,000
Gogoyoko Fair play in music – a social networking site for musicians and music lovers. 1 Oct 2009
Goodreads Library cataloging, book lovers. December 2006 13,000,000
Goodwizz Social network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France. October 2010 110,000
Google+ General 28 June 2011 1,600,000,000
GovLoop For people in and around government. May 2008
Grindr For gay and bisexual men. March 2009 2,400,000 Poland 2,000,000
Habbo General for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles. August 2000 268,000,000
Hangouts a social media of Google – being canceled  
hi5 General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the United States. 2003 80,000,000
Hospitality Club Hospitality 328,629
Hotlist Geo-social aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users’ friends are, were, and will be. 80,000 Social networking site for human resources professionals. 1999 194,000
Hub Culture Global influencers focused on worth creation. November 2002 20,000
Ibibo Talent-based social networking site that allows users to promote themselves and discover new talent. Most popular in India. 3,500,000 Twitter-like service is popular with hackers and software freedom advocates. 395,695
Indaba Music Online collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking. 350,000
Influenster Online product sampling and review platform. 2010 850,000
Instagram A photo and video sharing site owned by Facebook. October 2010 300,000,000
IRC-Galleria Finland 505,000
italki Language learning social network. 100+ languages. 500,000
Itsmy Mobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows 2,500,000
Jaiku General. Microblogging. Owned by Google February 2006
Jiepang Location-based mobile social network. In the Chinese language 2010 3,000,000
Kaixin001 General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users
Kiwibox General. 1999 2,400,000
LaiBhaari Marathi social networking 2010 250,000 Music 2002 30,000,000
Late Night Shots Message boards, member profile pages, spotting other members 2006 20,000 (2008)
LibraryThing Book lovers 29 August 2005 1,300,000
Lifeknot Shared interests, hobbies
LinkedIn Business and professional networking May 2003 200,000,000
LinkExpats Social networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries.
Listography Lists. Autobiography
LiveJournal Blogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad. 15 April 1999 17,564,977
Livemocha Online language learning 5,000,000
Makeoutclub General 9 August 1999
Mastodon Micro-blogging 5 October 2016
MEETin General
Meetup (website) General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activities
MillatFacebook General, created in response to Facebook May 2010 461,200
Minds Free, open source, decentralized, and based on a foundation of transparency and privacy June 2015 1,000,000
mixi Japan 25 October 2000 24,323,160
MocoSpace Mobile community, worldwide 2005 3,000,000
MOG Music Social network, social media, consumer reviews
Mubi Auteur cinema 200,000
MyHeritage Family-oriented social network service 30,000,000 My Muslim Friends Book – helps you connect and share with over 500,000+ Muslims in over 175 Countries.  
Myspace General August 2003 30,000,000+ School, college and friends. Popular in Poland 11,000,000
Nexopia Canada 1,400,000
Ning Users create their own social websites and social networks 2005 (Networks 2007)
Odnoklassniki Connect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics 45,000,000
Open Diary First online blogging community, founded in 1998 1998 5,000,000
OUTeverywhere Gay/LGBTQ community
Partyflock Dutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music. 10 November 2001 321,125
PatientsLikeMe Online community for patients with life-changing illnesses to find other patients like them, share their data with others, and learn more about their condition to improve their outcome. 2006 109,587
Pinterest Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love 2011
Plaxo Aggregator 50,000,000
Playfire Computer and video games General, music
Plurk Micro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in Taiwan
Poolwo Social networking site from India 7 January 2014 12,350
Quechup General, friendship, dating 2007
Quora Questions and answers 2009
Qzone General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users 480,000,000
Raptr Video games
Ravelry Knitting and crochet 3,000,000
Reddit A social news aggregator, social bookmarking and social discussion site. Third most-visited site in the U.S. and sixth in worldwide. June 23, 2005 330,000,000
Renren Significant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009. 160,000,000 Social network for musician and bands 500,000
Rooster Teeth Social network and community site 4 October 2004 2,581,527
Ryze Business 500,000
ScienceStage Science-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientists
ShareTheMusic Music community. Sharing and listening to music free and legally
Shelfari Books 11 October 2006
Sina Weibo Social microblogging site in mainland China. 14 August 2009 300,000,000
Skoob Collaborative social network for Brazilian readers 2009 420,000
Skyrock Social network in French-speaking world 22,000,000
SocialVibe Social network for charity 435,000 General. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions. 50,000,000
SoundCloud Repository of original music pieces and networking. 10,000,000
Spaces Russian social network targeted to mobile phone users Social network for meeting people September 2013
Stage 32 US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals in film, television and theater February 2012 175,000
Streetlife UK based. Links members according to where they live 21 March 2011 1,000,000
Students Circle Network A social network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces. December 2010
StudiVZ University students, mostly in the German-speaking countries. School students and those out of education sign up via its partner sites schülerVZ and meinVZ. 17,000,000
StumbleUpon Stumble through websites that match users’ selected interests 20,000,000
Tagged General. October 2004 100,000,000
Talkbiznow Business networking
Taringa! General (primarily Argentina) 11,000,000
TeachStreet Education / learning / teaching – more than 400 subjects
TermWiki Learning / languages / translation – 1.2 million terms in more than 1300 subjects May 2010
The Sphere A private online social luxury network with exclusive personalized services December 2008 1,300 Travel 2005 1,588,000
Travellerspoint Travel 2002 310,000 General French subsidiary of 4,400,000
Tsu General 2008
Tuenti Spanish-based university and high school social network. 12,000,000
Tumblr Microblogging platform and social networking website. February 2007 226,950,000
Twitter General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates 15 July 2006 645,750,000
Tylted Mobile social game network 2007 3,000,000
Untappd Beer check-in social network. October 2010 3,200,000
Uplike General 2011 1,050,039 Gothic and industrial subculture 1999 1,931,049
Viadeo Global social networking and campus networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese 35,000,000
Virb Social network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers 2007
VK General, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics. September 2006 249,409,900
Vox Blogging
Wattpad For readers and authors to interact and e-book sharing
WAYN Travel and lifestyle May 2003 10,000,000
We Heart It Image-based social network focused on inspiration, expression, and creativity 2008 20,000,000
WeeWorld Teenagers – 9 to 17 30,000,000
Wellwer Community without borders, where sharing is everything. September 2011 Social polling network
Wer-kennt-wen General
weRead Books June 2007 4,000,000
Wooxie Blogging and micro-blogging Site networking inmates, friends, family September 2000 66,000
Xanga Blogs and “metro” areas – now defunct 1998 27,000,000
XING Business (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)) 11,100,000
Xt3 Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008
Yammer Social networking for office colleagues 2008
Yelp, Inc. Local business review and talk
Yookos General: photos, videos, blogs, games. Greek web meeting point 2004 890,000

Keep in mind that scamming does not always require a profile on the individual site. In many cases it is about beginning through comments and then inviting the victim over to a specific social media such as Google Hangouts or Facebook.


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