SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 8 – Who Is Responsible? – Updated

SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 8 - Who Is Responsible? Who Is Responsible For Scamming? We constantly hear from victims that say that someone (pick a person) is responsible for global scamming! Unfortunately, yes, there are many who are responsible and some who are not. Let's Look At The Genesis Of Global Online Fraud It all starts (basically) with the Advance Fee Fraud known as 419 - "419" refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal [...]

SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 9 – Victims Are Stupid?

SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 9 - Victims Are Stupid? Actually, yes, scam victims may have done something dumb, but they are almost never stupid! In fact, the vast majority of romance scams victims are above average intelligence It'S Fair To Wonder, Who Falls For This Stuff? "That's the magic question," asked Marti DeLiema, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Center on Longevity who focuses on financial fraud. "The answer is, there's no easy answer." from [...]

Phishy Emails Are Meant To Not Smell Fishy! Guest Article by Dana Mantilla

Phishy Emails Are Meant To Not Smell Fishy! Guest Article by Dana Mantilla President & Founder of Identity Protection Planning LLC. & Board of Directors, Better Business Bureau When was the last time you opened your email and didn’t find a spam message by some Mr. Creepy? PROBABLY NEVER! You know this isn’t your Disneyworld and everybody is just used to it nowadays. Most of [...]

Socially Engineered / Social Engineering Scams [Updated][VIDEOS]

Socially Engineered / Social Engineering Scams [Updated] A SCARS™ Guide Originally published: May 2018 You have probably heard the term "Social Engineering' before, but what is it? Social Engineering Is ... Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is a type of confidence trick (scam) for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, [...]

SCARS™ Coronavirus Scam Warning: A Social Disease – How Fraudsters Adapt Old Scams To Exploit The Coronavirus Crisis

SCARS™ Coronavirus Scam Warning: A Social Disease - How Fraudsters Adapt Old Scams To Exploit The Coronavirus Crisis According to the Guardian: Criminals Who Formerly Tried to ‘Sextort’ People Online are Now Making Threats to Infect a Target’s Family and Friends You get an email that is immediately threatening. “I know every dirty little secret about your life,” it begins. “To prove my point, tell me, does [ONE OF YOUR PASSWORDS] ring any bell to yοu? [...]

Stay Safe During Tax Time – SCARS™ Insight

SCARS™ Insight: Stay Safe During Tax Time Stay Safe From Cybercrime & Identity Theft During Tax Time Download the Tax-Tips-2018-STC Guide Here »   Provided by the Stop|Think|Connect campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. SCARS is a partner organization to the Campaign.   SCARS™ Team A SCARS Division Miami Florida U.S.A.   TAGS: Phishing Scams, Email Scams, IRS Scams, Tax Scams, Tax Season, Phone Scams, Impersonation Scams, Social Media, Spyware, IRS Employees, IRS Calls, IRS [...]

RSN™ Guide: Email Phishing Scams

RSN™ Guide: Email Phishing Scams Email scams, also called phishing scams, are when a cyber scammer contacts you out of the blue and tries to tricks you into clicking a dangerous link or filling in your personal information or bank details. Portions from Which.co.uk (copyrights acknowledged) What Is A Phishing Scam? Phishing is when a cybercriminal contacts you out of the blue (usually by email) and convinces you to hand over your personal information or [...]

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tips: How To Avoid Nigerian Letter Or “419” Email Scams

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tips: How To Avoid Nigerian Letter Or "419" Email Scams Quick "419" Email Scam Avoidance Checklist: If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is. Do not reply to emails asking for personal banking information. Be wary of individuals representing themselves as foreign government officials. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Beware when asked to assist in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts. [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Nigerian 419 Money Scams

SCARS™ Guide: Nigerian 419 Money Scams Surprising Facts You Should Know While Nigerian 419 Scams are not really Romance Scams, they go together, because many times a romantic or dating scam contact ultimately turns into another type of money scam Nigerian 419 Scams are some of the most common scams online, and millions of gullible people have become victims of these scams. Even today, though awareness levels have increased people continue to fall victims to different [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Coronavirus Grandparent Scams

SCARS™ Insight: Coronavirus Grandparent Scams Scammers In India, Africa, And Asia Have Long Exploited The Love That Grandparents Have For Their Grandchildren, But Now They Are Turning That Into Money The Crisis Emergency Scams! The typical Grandparent Scam involves someone calling, emailing, texting or messaging an elderly person claiming that they are a relative and are in an emergency. All they need is some of the victim's money and it will all be fine! Accidents, [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Social Engineering Email Scams – Red Flags [Infographic] 

SCARS™ Insight: Social Engineering Email Scams - Red Flags [Infographic] Last year, hundreds of thousands of individuals learned the hard way that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The number of internet scams documented each year is on the rise (due to better reporting) and some victims are feeling significant financial loses. The following infographic highlights what you should be looking for!   Infographic courtesy of KnowBe4 PLEASE SHARE OUR [...]

Arrest Warrant Scams

Warning! Arrest Warrant Scams Reprinted from USCOURTS.GOV You’ve received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you. Charges may be for money laundering or bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money.   Fake Arrest Warrant Scam It’s a scam. The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified “United States District [...]

Don’t Make A Disaster Worse!

Don't Make A Disaster Worse! - Help Us Spread The Word About Disaster Scams! The scammers will be working OVERTIME on this disaster immediately. Don't let your good deeds turn into another disaster by falling for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Scams Avoiding Scams & Frauds The FBI asks that individuals beware of e-mails claiming to seek donations for major disaster relief efforts. The FBI will be checking for fraudulent websites and e-mails and will thoroughly investigate [...]

WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAM

URGENT SCAM ALERT - READ & SHARE WITH EVERYONE WESTERN UNION REFUND / RECOVERY SCAM Scammers are copying the FTC / Western Union Recovery website, as well as calling previous victims pretending to be part of the recovery process! The FTC will NEVER ask you to send money to apply for the recovery of monies from Western Union, or for ANY other reason. If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts [...]