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FTC Goes After Walmart – Like It Did Western Union & MoneyGram

FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov Goes After Walmart - Like It Did Western Union & MoneyGram U.S. Federal Trade Commission Enforcement Action A SCARS Special Report This Is A Perfect Example Of Why You Need To Preserve The Evidence It is vital to never throw away the evidence of [...]

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 [...]

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On Impersonation Scams

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On 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. 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. This is the first significant action to help protect consumers since 2020 A SCARS Special Report On December 16, 2021 SCARS Was Invited By The U.S. Federal Trade Commission To Testify On that day, [...]

U.S. FTC MoneyGram Refund Program Opens To Take Claims

U.S. FTC MoneyGram Refund Program Opens To Take Claims A SCARS Special Report Finally, After Nearly 4 Years Of Waiting! However, Pay Attention Because The Time Is VERY Short To Apply For A Refund Qualifications: Sent money via MoneyGram between January 1, 2013 and [...]

Understanding Cybersecurity for Small Businesses [PDF][UPDATED]

Understanding Cybersecurity for Small Businesses [PDF][UPDATED] A SCARS™ Guide Originally published: March 2019 Helping small business come to grips with cybercesurity Essential Cybersecurity for Small Businesses A Guide by the Federal Trade Commission, NIST, SBA, U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department (under the President) responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management., and presented by [...]

Official FTC Government Video : How To Report Fraud [VIDEO]

Official FTC Government Video : How To Report Fraud [VIDEO] The new Federal Trade Commission Fraud Reporting Portal. It is important to report all fraud/scams with the FBI (www.IC3.gov) - with SCARS on www.Anyscam.com - and with the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov [...]

Romance Scams Take Record Dollars In 2020 Per FTC Data

Romance Scams Take Record Dollars In 2020 Per FTC Data The FTC Reports Scams Nearly doubled in 2020 Exactly as SCARS Analysis predicted FTC Analysis Or Romance 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. Data In 2020 The FTC Compiles is Romance Scams Data for 2020 Based upon what [...]

SCAM WARNING: Fake FTC – Federal Trade Commission Websites

SCAM WARNING: Fake FTC - Federal Trade Commission Websites Government Impersonation Websites are very common! Always verify the web address (URL) of any government website before interacting. ScamWarning: “US Trading Commission” website is not the FTC Government Impersonation Scams Catch Million of Victims! [...]

SCAM Basics: The FTC’s How To Avoid Scams

SCAM Basics: The FTC's How To Avoid Scams Helpful Insights From The United States Government How to Avoid a Scam Recognizing these common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one. FOUR SIGNS THAT IT’S A SCAM 1. Scammers PRETEND [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRSIRS The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the revenue & tax service of the United States federal government responsible for collecting taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code (the main body of federal statutory tax law.) It is part of the Department of the Treasury and led by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, who is appointed to a five-year term by the President of the United States. The duties of the IRS include providing tax assistance to taxpayers; pursuing and resolving instances of erroneous or fraudulent tax filings; and overseeing various benefits programs. Visit www.IRS.gov to learn more. Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity TheftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources. Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Talking with Kids About Being Online

SCARS™ Special Report: Talking with Kids About Being Online From: First Lady Melania Trump, White House, and the Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C. This guide from the Federal Trade Commission covers issues to raise with kids about living their lives online. [lwptoc] Introduction By First Lady Melania Trump As First [...]

Scams And Your Small Business – SCARS™ Guide

SCARS™ Guide: Scams And Your Small Business A Guide for Small-Medium Business from the Federal Trade Commission & SCARS Scams and Your Small Business If you own a small business or are part of a non-profit organization, you spend a lot of time and effort making sure the organization works [...]

SCARS™ Government Report: FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update

SCARS™ Government Report: FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer, released its annual report highlighting its privacy and data security work for 2018. [See Below] The FTC’s privacy and security enforcement actions in 2018 included shutting down revenge [...]

Official FTC IRS Imposter Scams [Infographic] – SCARS™ Insight

SCARS™ Insight: Official FTC IRS ImposterImposter 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 [InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations.]   Official FTC IRS Imposter Scams Infographic SCARS #ActAgainstScams Campaign     SCARS™ Team A SCARS Division Miami Florida U.S.A.   TAGS: Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Internal Revenue Service, United States Government, IRS, Phone Scams, IRS ScamIRS Scam Scammers sometimes pose as IRS agents, threatening legal action and demanding money or personal information over the phone. To appear legitimate, imposters may attempt to spoof an IRS number., Gift Card ScamGift Card Scam A telltale sign of phone scams is if the caller asks you to make a payment with a gift card. Many scammers prefer this non-refundable and hard to trace form of payment., iTunes [...]

Stay Safe During Tax Time – SCARS™ Insight

SCARS™ Insight: Stay Safe During Tax Time Stay Safe From 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. & 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 [...]

RSN™ Insight: U.S. Federal Trade Commission – Frauds and Losses by Age Reported By Consumers 2017 [Infographic]

RSN™ Insight: U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Frauds and Losses by Age Reported By Consumers 2017 [Infographic] FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2017: Reported Frauds and Losses by Age, Percentage Reporting a 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. Loss and Median Loss by Age Reported Frauds and Losses by Age, Percentage Reporting a Fraud [...]

Special Report: Money Back From MoneyGram? [Updated]

Announcing The Money Back From Program MoneyGram [Updated] An FTC Money Remission Program A SCARS Special Report Money Back From MoneyGram? This article is from 2018 Please see our more recent articles for up to date information: U.S. FTC MoneyGram Refund Program Opens [...]

U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams – A SCARS Guide

U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams - A SCARS Guide A Guide To Help You Better Understand Fake Soldier Scams Understanding Fake Soldier Romance Scams Online Romance Scam Information About Stolen Soldier Identities Useful impersonation about military romance scams & identity [...]

RSN™ Anti-Scam Tip: Avoiding Tech Support Scams

RSN™ Anti-Scam Tip: Avoiding Tech Support ScamsTech Support Scams Phone scammers may masquerade as tech support employees for a major company in order to take your money or install a virus on your computer. They may call from what seem to be legitimate company numbers using caller ID spoofing. You’re working on your computer when, suddenly, a message pops up on the screen: “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. detected! Call now for a free security scan and to repair your device.” That’s a tech support scamTech Support Scam Phone scammers may masquerade as tech support employees for a major company in order to take your money or install a virus on your computer. They may call from what seem to be legitimate company numbers using caller ID spoofing.. Don’t call, text, or email. Legit tech support companies don’t [...]

FTC Halts Online Marketers Responsible for Deceptive “Free Trial” Offers

United States Federal Trade Commission Goes After Online Fraud FTC Halts Online Marketers Responsible for Deceptive “Free Trial” Offers A federal district court has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request to stop a group of San Diego-based Internet marketers from deceptively advertising free trial offers and not only charging consumers [...]

REPORTING INCOME TAX FRAUD

REPORTING INCOME TAX FRAUD A new way to report tax identity theft identity theft is hard enough. That’s why we keep working to make recovering from it easier. It’s also why we’re happy to let you know about an innovative project by the FTC and IRS that lets people report [...]

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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 BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal
SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims
SCARS CHERRY BOOK - A Guide To Understanding Your Fear
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