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SCARS™ Guest Editorial: Sakawa Boys (Ghanaian Internet Scammer Gangs)

SCARS™ Guest Editorial: Sakawa Boys (Ghanaian Internet Scammer Gangs) By Bernard Vance, an Anti-Scam Warrior About Bernard Vance: Bernard was an old school "scam fighter" online, meaning he and the people he worked with attempted to solve the scamming problem by exposing scammers on social media. He devoted considerable effort to understanding how these scams worked in the hope of finding a solution. Ironically the failure of these groups (many of them are still around) is [...]

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 Laundering And Fraud 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 Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that HABEEB AUDU, a/k/a “Dickson,” a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria, was [...]

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again Here Is An Exercise In Understanding How Intuition (Or Your Gut) Is More Likely Wrong Than Right WATCH THIS VIDEO AND THEN READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE Was Your Intuition Right? The simple act of relying on your gut is by definition wrong. That is why knowledge and behaviors are a better approach to your safety than your intuition. Dealing with complexity is both something we [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Can You Correctly Identify A Victim?

SCARS™ Insight: Can You Correctly Identify A Victim? What Is A Victim? vic·tim /ˈviktəm/ The word is a noun, meaning: a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. or a person who is tricked or duped. Who Is A Victim Of Crime - The Legal Definition From The U.S. Department of Justice Definition of a victim: A victim is defined as a person who has [...]

SCARS™ Recovery: Phases Of Recovery

SCARS™ Recovery: Phases Of Recovery Scam victims go through a series of phases from the scam to recovery. Many victims do not make it through all of them and become trapped in denial or anger, preventing them from recovery. Sadly the majority of victims do not recover, but being aware of the process can help you recognize where you are and what steps you need to take to move forward through the process. Phases [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Inside India’s Scam Call Centers

SCARS™ Insight: Inside India's Scam Call Centers Indian Based Scammers are beginning to be the world's greatest danger in online fraud. The Indians - who in many cases were trained by ex-patriot Nigerians have organized to an extraordinary extent, and are converting legitimate call centers through India into Scamming Center. These organized crime businesses are going so far as to align themselves with local police, contributing to civic activities, and on the outside appear to [...]

Clothes As Therapy For Scam Victims: When & How Does Enclothed Cognition Work?

Clothes As Therapy For Scam Victims: When & How Does "Enclothed Cognition" Work? You have all heard the phrase “Clothing Makes The Man” (or Woman) As trauma victims, finding ways to overcome your trauma and regain control in your life is very important and powerful. We talk a lot about trying to let go of the anger and the artifacts of the experience, but we humans tend to surround ourselves with other less obvious artifacts [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Deciphering the Lottery Scam Rings

SCARS™ Special Report: Deciphering the Lottery Scam Rings Another Kind Of Relationship Scam In Recent Years There Has Been A Shocking Increase In Jamaica’S Homicide Rate That Has Refocused Attention On Lottery Scams In The Caribbean Island Nation But it is not a uniquely Jamaican problem, with well-organized lottery frauds operating throughout the Americas, costing the United States hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars each year. The total number of killings in Jamaica jumped [...]