Fighting Scams & Cybercrimes

SCARS™ WARNING: Corona Virus / COVID-19 Crisis & Emergency Scams

SCARS™ WARNING: Corona Virus / COVID-19 Crisis & Emergency Scams Criminals online are taking advantage of coronavirus anxiety to defraud victims on the internet! MEDICAL SUPPLIES We encourage everyone to exercise caution when buying medical supplies online during the current health crisis, with criminals capitalizing on the situation to run a range of financial scams. With surgical masks and other medical supplies in high demand yet difficult to find in retail stores as a result [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series – Part 2

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series - Part 2 How Does the Business of Cybercrime Work? The organizational features commonly found in the online criminal underground look a lot like traditional business structures, with organizational heads, line managers, and front-line staff. Provided courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations » By: Jonathan Lusthaus - Director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, and the author of Industry of Anonymity: Inside [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams If Someone You Don’t Know Sends You A Check And Asks For Money Back, That’s A Scam Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than you are owed — [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released Data Reflects an Evolving Threat and the Importance of Reporting “Criminals are getting so sophisticated. It is getting harder and harder for victims to spot the red flags and tell real from fake.” Donna Gregory, chief, IC3 Internet-enabled crimes and scams show no signs of letting up, according to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in its 2019 Internet Crime Report. The last calendar year saw [...]

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled Crimes, Such As Scams, Blackmail Or Extortion EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminal offense. Pure and simple! Here is the definition in many U.S. States' Legal Codes: The crime of Extortion is committed when a person maliciously threatens to: Accuse another of any crime or offense; Injure the person, property or [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series – Part 1

SCARS™ Insight: Cybercrime Is Big Business! A Continuing Series - Part 1 Source: DataQuest What Drives The Business Of Cybercrime? Easy access to consumer data, numerous avenues to attack, technology-driven sophisticated tools, and of course the prospect of making easy money continues to fuel the growth of cybercrime Every day, you get a spam email or message urging you to click a link to update your bank details or run the risk of the account [...]