SCARSSCARSSCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims.
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Telling Your Story - Part 1 The Police [VIDEO] A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] April 16, 2022 Every ScamScamA Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Victim Need To Tell Their Story That Process Begins With Telling The Police! We explore the topic of how to do this in great detail, starting with [...]
Understanding Law Enforcement A SCARS Insight Confusion About Law Enforcement Thank you Vianey Gonzalez of SCARS|Latinoamerica for asking this question LAW ENFORCEMENT Law enforcement agencies around the world have the mission of accepting reports from victims, investigating crimes, and arresting alleged criminals. That is their [...]
Justice - What This Means For Scam Victims A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] April 9, 2022 Every Scam Victim Wants Justice But What Is It Really? We explore the topic of what Justice is, how it works in the CriminalCriminalA criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. Justice System worldwide - how police [...]
The 4 Myths Of Criminal Use Of Cryptocurrencies ScammerScammerA Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Urban Legends A SCARS Insight A Lot Of Urban Legends Are Spread About Criminals Using Crypto! However, as with all things, the truth is important. Here are the 4 main myths! Here is the reality from [...]
European Money MuleMoney MuleA money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes. Crackdown Continues in 2021! Law Enforcement Tolerance For Mules Declines Each Year! A SCARS Insight European Money Mule Action Leads To 1,803 Arrests International anti-money mule operation leads to 1,803 arrests & the identification of 18,000 money mulesMoney mulesMoney mules are a type of money laundering where a person transfers illicit funds through a medium (such as a bank account) to obfuscate where the money came from. There are different types of money mules including witting, unwitting, and complicit.. The action was coordinated [...]
Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021 A EUROPOLEuropolThe European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known under the name Europol, formerly the European Police Office and Europol Drugs Unit, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) formed in 1998 to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organized crime and terrorism through cooperation between competent authorities of EU member states. The Agency has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to arrest suspects or act without prior approval from authorities in the member states. Based in The Hague, it comprised 1,065 staff as of 2016.
WEBSITE LINK Report A SCARS Special Report CybercrimeCybercrimeCybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. In The COVID Era The exceptional COVID-19 crisis has fuelled the increase of cybercrime in all its forms, while grey infrastructure serves to facilitate the proliferation of crime The IOCTA [...]
A Quick Reminder To Report All ScamsScamsA Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. A SCARS Anti-Scam Tip Click Here To Learn Why Reporting Matters! Click Here How Do You Properly Report Scammers? REPORT EVERY SCAM - IT MATTERS! It is essential that law enforcement knows [...]
Why Reporting Matters? Not Only Is It Your Duty You Could Be Saving Lives! Not all scammers are going to be investigated, but the information accumulates and eventually can be used! Why Should You Report Scammers? Did You Know That Most People Do [...]
The Most Dangerous MalwareMalwareShort for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. EMOTET Disrupted Through Global Action Law enforcement and judicial authorities worldwide have this week disrupted one of the most significant botnets of the past decade: EMOTET Investigators have now taken control of its infrastructure in an international coordinated action! [...]
SCARS™ Special Report: Fighting Cybercriminals In A Connected Future World Insights From The Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference Examined Latest Cyber Threats, Trends And Strategies At The Hague, Netherlands 2019 A couple of months back, more than 400 experts from law enforcement, the private sector, and academia have gathered this week at [...]
RSN™ Special Report: Europol Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2018 Europol Warns You Could Become A Cybercrime Victim From ransomwareRansomwareRansomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as paysafecard or Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan virus disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction. through to cryptocurrency scams, Europol says it wants to stop criminals from making you a victim. Europol has warned of 15 ways in which people can fall prey to [...]
Further Evidence Of The United States Administration's Commitment To Stopping Cybercrime ASEAN anti-cybercrime declaration calls for united front ASEAN adopts the ASEAN Declaration to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime, a vow to unify anti-cybercrime measures among ASEAN member states and organizations like the ASEANAPOL, EUROPOL, and INTERPOL MANILA, Philippines — The [...]
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