SCARS|RSN – Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words Three Random Words Or What Makes A Good Password? You're probably aware that there’s a lot of guidance out there on what makes a good password — and it can be incredibly confusing. This should help. We advise that you create passwords using three random words both because they are easier to remember and are hard to guess. You just put them together, like 'coffeetrainfish' or ‘walltinshirt’. You can [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics] Yes It Makes A Difference How You Report Scammers Just posting a name, or photo, or link on Facebook accomplishes very little or nothing. It is strictly a placebo (unless people are actively taking down the fake profiles). But it does NOTHING to get them arrested. Neither does posting them on any of the thousands of amateur pretender or fake anti-scam group websites. SCARS is the [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Social Media Cybersecurity

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Social Media Cybersecurity Now More Than Ever, Consumers Spend Increasing Amounts Of Time On The Internet With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive to stay safe online and, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”? You have to be Cyber Smart and take these simple steps to connect with confidence [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Creating A Safe Password

SCARS|RSN™ Cyber Basics: Creating A Safe Password Creating A Strong Password Is An Essential Step To Protecting Yourself Online Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances of an incident. SIMPLE TIPS TO SECURE IT Creating a strong password is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips to shake up your [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: After A Romance Scam Comes More Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: After A Romance Scam Comes More Scams After The Initial Romance Scam Runs Its Course Scammers Have Many Other Options To Get Another Drop Of Blood From Their Victims These are what we call "Follow On Scams" The "Confession Scam" - is where the scam confesses their guilt, admits it was a scam, and begs forgiveness The "I Really Love You Scam" - this is a variation on the Confession scam, but [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online Fraud

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online & Real-Life Fraud   1 - Spot Imposters / Fakes Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request – whether it comes as a text, a phone call or an email. 2 - Do Online Searches - [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Scammer Acid Test

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Scammer Acid Test Most Scams Follow Similar Patterns Of Behavior By The Scammer HERE ARE A FEW COMMON TACTICS/BEHAVIORS/STRATEGIES SCAMMERS USE Always be on the lookout for these warning signs that could identify a scammer. The Basic Scam "Acid" Test: PICTURE PROBLEMS Is the person's photo original? Use an image search tool like Google Images and/or Yandex to see if the same photo appears on many other websites, possibly under different names. [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Advance Fee Fraud / 419 Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Advance Fee Fraud / 419 Scams What Is An Advance Fee Fraud An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of online scams or cybercrimes. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, [...]

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 [...]

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