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For Family & Friends – Article Catalog

For Family & Friends - Article Catalog Helping Family & Friends of 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. Victims The basics of 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?, what to look for, and how to help! A SCARS Topic Collection Information For The Friends & Family Of New Scam Victims Before and after [...]

Scam Victim Finance & Money Recovery – Article Catalog

Scam Victim Finance & Money Recovery - Article Catalog Information About Managing Finances After The 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. & Money Recovery A SCARS Topic Collection Updated: August 12, 2021 Scam Victims Lose Money & Need Help To Manage What's Left! After the scam financial control is vital, [...]

Spotting Scams & Anti-Scam Tips – Article Catalog

Spotting Scams & Anti-Scam Tips - Article Catalog The Clues & Tips To Help You Avoid Scams & Scammers From the basics to detailed red flags! Learn how to avoid scams now and in the future! A SCARS Topic Collection Updated: August 9, 2021 [...]

Recovery from Scams – Article Catalog

Recovery from Scams - Article Catalog The Pathway for Recovering Scam Victims From the basics to self-help to moderated professional recovery! Learn what recovering from a relationship scamRelationship 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? is all about! A SCARS Topic Collection After The Scam, Your Life Is In Chaos! [...]

Psychology of Scams – Article Catalog

Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them. The How & Why of Scam Psychology From Approach & Selection to Capture & GroomingGrooming Grooming is a form of setting up a victim for a scam or other crime by befriending and establishing an emotional connection with the victim, and sometimes the family, to lower the victim's inhibitions with the objective of the scam or criminal activity.  Grooming includes the development of a trust relationship between the criminal and the victim, getting the victims to the point where they can be more completely manipulated.  , to Manipulation & Containment! Learn the answers to why this happened to someone like You! A SCARS Topic Collection Our Human Psychology Enables Us To [...]

United States Financial Fraud Victims

United States Financial 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. Victims A SCARS Overview Financial Fraud Crime Victims This article is intended for Fraud & Scam Victims in the United States. However, there is equivalent information for most western countries - look on your Department or Ministry of Justice for [...]

What Drives People To Be Romance Scammed?

What Drives People To Be RomanceScammed? The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Why Do People Accept Scams? What We Are Really Asking Is Why People Believe In Fantasies? What is it about us humans that we are so willing to believe a fairytale? Yet, [...]

The Term “CATFISH” – Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims

The Term "CATFISHCatfish Catfishing, as it is commonly used, is a descriptive term for an activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking or dating service, usually targeting a specific kind of victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish-fulfillment (as it was originally coined).  The term is now considered a derogatory term as it was originally coined to describe scams by women against men," - Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims It Is Actually A Derogatory Term Against Women We have often been asked why we do not use the term Catfish? The term "Catfish" is an insult to the victims of this [...]

Doxing – A Kind of Terrorism or Cyberbullying?

DoxingDoxing DOXING Doxing is the willful disclosure of personal information with the intent to cause harm to the person DOXED. Doxing is a form of cyber harassment. Personal information online is common, however, with the Internet being so prevalent. Many records are found online, such as, voting, property ownership, even bankruptcies, and new business filings. - A Kind of Terrorism or CyberbullyingCyberbullying Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital universe has expanded and technology has advanced. Cyberbullying is when someone bullies or harasses others on the internet and other digital spaces, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information (Doxing), or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to emotional harm. Victims of cyberbullying may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and various negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, depressed, or PTSD.? Having Private Information Exposed By Someone To Hurt You! A SCARS Special Report There Are A Lot Of Despicable Things Done Online Many Are Intended Just To Hurt You Some are [...]

The Challenges In Supporting Impersonation Scam Victims

The Challenges In Supporting 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. Scam Victims The Responsibility To Help Victims Understand The Mechanics Of Scams Many times this will conflict with their beliefs Our Responsibility Is Sometimes To Deliver Hard Truths A Discussion About Impersonation Scams And Accepting The Reality Of [...]

Scam Victim Debt Part 4: IRS/Tax Debt

Scam Victim Debt Part 4: 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./Tax Debt Most Western Countries Have Mechanism To ForgiveForgiveness What Is Forgiveness? Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Tax Debt The Following Applies To U.S. Residents But Check With A Tax Attorney Or Certified Accountant For Further Advice Scam Victim Tax Debt Many romance or other kinds [...]

Why Police Try To Avoid Taking Reports For Scams?

Why Police Try To Avoid Taking Reports For Scams? A SCARS Insight We Have Been Looking At This Problem For Years ... And We Believe The Answer Is Actually Simple! CLOSURE RATES! In all the English Speaking Countries (U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New [...]

FluBot: Package Delivery Text Message Shipping Scam

FluBotFlubot Flubot is a new Android & iPhone malware/spyware that aims to steal financial login and password data from your device. Flubot malware uses smishing (or SMS/Text phishing) to attack you & your device. You will receive an SMS that informs you about a package delivery or something else. The SMS will include a link to trigger the malware attack.: Package Delivery Text Message Shipping Scam The ‘FluBot’ spywareSpyware A type of malware installed on computers or cellphones to track your actions and/or collect information without your knowledge. Some spyware can change computer settings for pharming redirection., sent via package delivery text messages, affects Android phones and devices No, you are never safe online anymore! Governments around the world are aware that a new malicious piece of spyware – known [...]

Scam Victims Debt Part 3 – Collections & Your Rights

For Scam Victims: Debt Collections - Your Rights Debt Management For Scams Victims - Part 3 Romance Scam Victim Support Debt Collection FAQs - Maintaining Control When a debt collector calls, it’s important to know your rights and what you need to do. The [...]

SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting

SCARS Position Statement Against ScambaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting A Commentary On False Solutions April 2021 Regarding Recent Studies Of Scambaiting By Noted Academics Recently, two studies attempted to understand the phenomena of Scambaiting by vigilante anti-scam hater groups on Facebook and elsewhere. While [...]

5 Steps For Rebuilding Trust In A Marriage Following A Romance Scam

5 Steps For Rebuilding Trust In A Marriage Following A Romance Scam Information For Married Relationship Scam Victims If You Are Married And Lured In Your Whole Marriage Is In Doubt Ironically, most married scam victims were not looking for an internet affair! They were manipulated into it! [...]

Authorized Push Payment Fraud (APP Fraud)

Authorized Push Payment FraudAuthorized Push Payment Fraud Authorized Push Payment Fraud (Scams) occurs when a fraudster manipulates a genuine customer into making a payment to an account they control. There are a variety of types of authorized push payment fraud, including romance scams, invoice scams and a handful of others. (APP Fraud) The Fastest Form Of Payment Scams Convenience & Instant Criminality! What Is Authorized Push Payment Fraud (APP Fraud)? Essentially, This Is When Scammers Convince A Customer To Transfer Money To Them Via An Instant Payment It is [...]

Scam Victims Debt Part 1 – Recognize It, Confront It, Control It, Survive It!

Scam Victim Debt - Recognize It, Confront It, Control It, Survive It! After a Scam, Many Victims Have Debt That Must Be Addressed Unfortunately, avoiding the truth not only makes it harder to resolve later and also keeps you trapped in denialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality. After [...]

Social Media Is Selling Fake Vaccine Cards!

Social Media Is Selling Fake Vaccine Cards! According To U.S. State Attorneys General! In A Letter Sent To Social Media ... Sent to Twitter, Shopify, and eBay: See the actual signed letter below Re: Deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards [...]

Editorial – A Pandemic Insight

Editorial - A Pandemic Insight Scams & The Pandemic Are Similar! CONSIDER ... Your scam and the pandemic are similar! Both isolate you Both feed off of your fear Both exist in a climate of misinformation and urban legends Both make you anxious [...]

Online Banking Safety For Scam Victims – An Overview

Online Banking Safety For Scam Victims A SCARS Overview After a scam, you should assume that your banking has been compromised Insights on Mobile & Online Banking & Banking Fraud From our SCARS Advisory Board How to Protect Yourself: Safeguard your Online ID [...]

One Ring Call Phone Scam – Scam Basics

One Ring Call Phone ScamOne Ring Call Phone Scam One Ring/Wangiri Scam - When your phone rings only once, late at night, you may be tempted to call back. But the call may be from a foreign country with an area code that looks deceptively like it's in the U.S. If you dial back, international calling fees may wind up on your bill. Such cons are also known by the Japanese term "Wangiri." SCARS Scam Basics The Mysterious One Ring Call Phone Scam Why Would Anyone Do This? One Ring Call Phone Scam - Your phone rings once and the call stops. If you answer all you [...]

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