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Understanding Law Enforcement

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 [...]

FBI Valentine’s Day Scam Warning

FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. Valentine's Day ScamScam A 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. Warning Romance Scam Warning A SCARS Insight FBI Warns of Romance ScamsScams A 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. Ahead of Valentine’s Day The FBI Columbia field office is warning the public about bad actors using romance scams ahead of Valentine’s Day. Romance scams occur when criminalCriminal A 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. actors [...]

What Does The FBI’s IC3.gov Actually Do?

What Does The FBI's IC3.gov Actually Do? Helping Scam Victims Report These Crimes A SCARS Special Report Originally Published 2018 What Is The FBI's IC3.gov? The FBI's IC3 Accepts Online Internet Crime Complaints From Either The Actual Victim Or From A Third Party To The [...]

FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report [UPDATED]

FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report In 2020, while the American public was focused on protecting our families from a global pandemic and helping others in need, cybercriminals took advantage of an opportunity to profit from our dependence on technology to go on an Internet crime spree. These criminals [...]

Inside The FBI Podcast – Holiday Scams | Presented by SCARS

Inside The FBI Podcast - Holiday Scams | Presented by SCARS If you cannot play the podcast go to: Inside The FBI - Holiday Scams | Presented by SCARS on SoundCloud Podcast Transcript Monica Grover: ‘Twas the holiday season, when all through the land, online shoppers clicked quickly to get gifts in hand. But while [...]

SCARS™ Crime Story: The Downfall Of Habeeb Audu

SCARS™ Crime Story: The Downfall Of Habeeb Audu U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition Of British Citizen For Operating An International Money LaunderingMoney laundering Money laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. Money laundering can be done through various mediums, leveraging a variety of payment vehicles, people and institutions. And FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. Network Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: FBI Report To The U.S. Congress On Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: FBI Report To The U.S. Congress On Scams On June 9th, 2020 the FBI's Assistant Direct Calvin Shivers delivered a report to congress on the state of online fraud during the Coronavirus crisis. Here is that report: BY: CALVIN A. SHIVERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS, [...]

SCARS™ Victim Alert: U.S. DoJ & FBI Internet Fraud Victims’ Notice

SCARS™ Victim Alert: U.S. DoJ & FBI Internet Fraud Victims' Notice Important Notice to Victims of Internet Fraud from the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee is prosecuting numerous individuals in connection with an international fraud perpetrated, in part, through [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: U.S. FBI Reported Cybercrimes Passes 5 Million

SCARS™ Special Report: U.S. FBI Reported CybercrimesCybercrimes Cybercrime 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. Passes 5 Million Internet Crime Complaint Center Marks 20 Years And More Than 5 Million Reports From Early Frauds to Sophisticated Schemes, IC3 Has Tracked the Evolution of Online Crime NOTE: IT IS ESTIMATED CYBERCRIMECybercrime Cybercrime 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. VICTIMS ONLY REPORT BETWEEN 3% TO 5% OF [...]

SCARS™ Law Enforcement Action Against Scams: Operation WireWire

SCARS™ Law Enforcement Action Against Scams: Operation WireWire The United State Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Working with Partner Agencies Domestically and Around the World  in a Large-Scale Coordinated Effort to Dismantle International BEC Scams WireWire Operation Background: United States Federal authorities—including the Department of Justice and the FBI—announced in [...]

SCARS™ Major Scam & Scamming News: Famous Nigerian Prince Arrested Along With A Total Of 80 Scammers With $46 Million

SCARS™ Major Scam & Scamming News: Famous Nigerian Prince Arrested Along With A Total Of 80 Scammers With $46 Million This Brings The Total Of Scammers Arrested In 2019 To Over 4,000 This Is Part Of The Indictment Of Over 80 Nigerians For ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Scams This Month Famous Nigerian Prince [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Avoid Teen Sextortion [VIDEO]

SCARS™ Insight: Avoid Teen Sextortion [VIDEO] From the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Dangerous Connections - Youth Face A Massive Risk of Sextortion Online One victim was a 14-year-old boy from West Virginia. Another victim from Michigan was only 12. Yet another was a 17-year-old girl from Ohio who attempted suicide [...]

Reporting To The FBI Around The World – SCARS™

SCARS™ Reporting Scams: Reporting To The FBI Around The World The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains offices around the world, including in Ghana and Nigeria. The FBI has offices around the globe. These offices—called legal attachés or legats—are located in U.S. embassies. For more than seven decades, the FBI [...]

SCARS™ ScamTV™ Video: Official FBI Video – What Is Social Engineering?

SCARS™ ScamTV™ Video: Official FBI Video - What Is Social EngineeringSocial Engineering Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests."? The FBI’s Protected Voices initiative provides cybersecurity recommendations to political campaigns on multiple topics, including social engineering, to help mitigate the risk of cyber influence operations targeting U.S. elections. For more information, visit fbi.gov/protected voices. While this video is [...]

Getting Help From The FBI Victim’s Services

Getting Help From The FBI Victim's Services Government Crime Victims' Assistance A SCARS Special Report Getting Help From The FBI After You Report A Scam To The FBI (United States Federal Bureau of Investigation) via their www.IC3.gov website or by other means to one of [...]

RSN™ Scam News: Indian Police Break Up Online Scam Center

RSN™ Scam News: Indian Police Break Up Online Scam Center Indian Police Break Up International Fake Computer VirusVirus A computer program that can replicate itself and spread from computer to computer or file to file. It comes to life only when you take a specific action, such as running a particular program. Scam Business Those arrested have been running the scam out of defunct call centers. Indian police have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding victims around the world by sending [...]

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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. counselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling. or therapy, qualified support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK
A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS CHERRY BOOK - A Guide To Understanding Your Fear
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