SCARS|RSN Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: A Taxonomy

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: A Taxonomy There Are A Lot Of Different Words Or Terms Used To Describe Different Kinds Of People Involved In Romance Scams! WARNING: SOME OF THESE TERMS USED BY NIGERIAN AND OTHER SCAMMERS ARE OFFENSIVE - DISCRETION IS ADVISED Here Is A Guide To The Meaning Of Many Of Those Terms (A Taxonomy) TERMS FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SCAMS: ACCESSORY (SUPPORTER): someone in the victim's own country working with the scammer [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Who’s Job Is It?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Who's Job Is It? Many Scam Victims Seem To Poorly Understand How The Real World Functions To help enlighten, we offer the following overview and list of "jobs" related to scams and scammers and who does them. SCAMMERS Of course, these are the criminals. But few understand that this is a massive global trans-national cybercriminal empire with revenues of in the Hundreds of Billions of U.S. Dollars annually (current cybercrime costs are [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Basic Fakery Deception & Lies

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Basic Fakery Deception & Lies The Typical Relationship Scam Has A Simple Set Of Basic Fakes Or Lies As you already know, not everyone using online dating sites or social media is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos stolen from other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. This is the essential element of a romance scam. At Their Core, Romance Scams Rely On Impersonation, Fakery, [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Reporting To The Local Police

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Reporting To The Local Police Every Single Day, Victims Speak About Their Experience Reporting To Their Local Police! IMPORTANT: Not every country is the same! This article mostly applies for victims in stable, rule of law countries. This includes the United States, Canada, UK & Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and some others. Not all countries have professional police, so you will have to decide if it is worth the potential problems to [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Where Does Your Money Go?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Where Does Your Money Go? Scammers Arrests Are Increasing Worldwide, But When Arrested Where Does The Victim's Money Go? This Depends On The Country In the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and other First World Countries When scammers are arrested in the developed - first world countries - there is a process for including and supporting victims in the process. This includes participating in the trial, in the sentencing, and the return [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What Is A Scam?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What Is A Scam? You Would Think This Would Be Well Understood? But It's Not! What Is A Scam? About half the people that we talk to think it is only a scam if they sent money to the scammer! A very large number of people who have been scammed, don't think they were scammed. So what is it? SCAM is a noun, and is pronounced: ˈskam Definition of scam: a fraudulent or deceptive [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What’s Up With Gift Cards?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What's Up With Gift Cards? Why Do Scammers Ask For Gift Cards? Partly it is because they are easy to purchase - especially in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is also because they are easy to send and receive through pictures - the scammer just needs the information printed on the card. And easy to sell for cash money in their own country. Money transfer and banking are [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: The Ethics Of Warning Other Victims

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: The Ethics Of Warning Other Victims Many Victims Find Still Other Victims When Hunting For Scammers Online. Is It A Good Idea To Warn Them That They Are Being Scammed? This is an interesting ethical question and it depends on the context of the situation. There are two types of victims that you will likely encounter out there in social media: Scam Victims - involved in or being groomed to be a [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: How Do You Properly Report Scammers? Why Does It Matter Anyway? It is essential that law enforcement and the government knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do. By knowing better how many of these crimes take place, the government can plan and prioritize more resources and the need for international cooperation. Remember the squeaky wheel gets oiled. But if only 3% of victims [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Road Trip Or Out Of The Country!

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Road Trip Or Out Of The Country! Why Are Most Romance Scammers Never At Home? Why Do They Tell You They'Re Out Of The Country? There are several reasons for this, but most of it comes down to two key points! They do not want to get trapped into having local knowledge They will ultimately need to have the victim send the money to another country Local Knowledge In the first case, [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Facebook Groups

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Facebook Groups All Scam Victims Have Asked Themselves How And Why They Were Targeted! Did You Ever Think It Was The Groups You Joined? Facebook is a wonderous platform connecting half of the world - at least if you believe Facebook. The Reality Though Is Quite Different. At least half of all Facebook profiles are fake or fraudulent. Just imagine that, over one billion fake profiles! (See here [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: From Victim To Criminal

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: From Victim To Criminal How Can A Scam Victim Be Transformed Into A Criminal? IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! There are millions of romance scam victims around the world. More than a million in Europe, perhaps as many as 6 million in the United States alone. This is happening and it is very real. Victims know this and live it. But there are ways that this can go from bad to worse [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Friends

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Friends ANTI-SCAM TIP: TOO MANY FRIENDS Let's be real for a second. Adding someone who has thousands of friends to your Facebook friend's list (or connections on any social media) is like unsafe sex! Any interaction is going to leave you infected. Why? Because there is no way that they actually know all of these people, so it automatically means they accept friends (or connections) that contact them out of [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Dead Wife

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Dead Wife It Is Amazing How Many Military Soldiers Online (Strangers) Lose Their Wives To Auto Accidents! Have you ever noticed that in most romance scams that target women, the soldier or the engineer or the businessman or diplomat always has lost their wife to a serious accident, leaving them to raise their daughter or son alone? Being a soldier is a dangerous profession, yet if we are to believe scammers, it [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics:  Scammer Grammar!

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics:  Scammer Grammar! Originally Published January 2010 - Updated April 20, 2019 One of the easiest ways to spot scammers from Ghana, or Nigeria, etc. is their use of language. Introduction To Scammer Grammer They have learned it is better to steal information from others - to steal profile text from real people. Or to use the chat session scripts they buy - but eventually, they may have to modify them [...]

Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? Why Do They Ask To Chat Somewhere Else? First, it is important to understand the risks of social media for scammers. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are high-value properties for scammers and they are easily lost. It takes time to create a profile and if they are talking with 20 victims they can't have all of that activity on their profile. So they [...]

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