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According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late [UPDATED]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late To Recovery Your Money Tell Your Police About This Information - There May Be Options A SCARS Special Report Interpol on Online 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.: It might not be too late to get your money back INTERPOL shows [...]

A Scam Victim’s Checklist – Interacting With The Police [UPDATED][VIDEO]

A 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. Victim's Checklist - Interacting With The Police Here is a checklist of what to do before speaking with the police! This will help you get what is possible from the police and help you consider your options SCARS Webinar: Telling Your Story Part [...]

Hiring Private Investigators To Track Scammers Is A Bad Idea

Hiring Private Detectives or Scam Investigators To Track Scammers Is A Bad Idea! A SCARS Insight The Question Is: Should You Hire An Investigator To Track Down Your ScammerScammer A 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.? This is a very loaded question. Meaning it implies many things, few of them [...]

INTERPOL Launches Initiative To Fight Cybercrime In Africa

INTERPOL Launches Initiative To Fight 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. In Africa From The War on Scams News From The Front New INTERPOL Focus On African Cybercrime (Scams) New INTERPOL Desk Targets Cybercriminals And Internet 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. In Africa INTERPOL is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with [...]

The Scam Is Over But You Are Still Being Manipulated

The Scam Is Over But You Are Still Being Manipulated A SCARS 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. Insight You Were Romance Scammed You discovered the scam and ended it, but you are still being manipulated by the scammer! For some victims, this can go on [...]

Romance Scams Trauma Recovery Tips

Romance Scams 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. Recovery Tips A SCARS Recovery Insight Scam Victim Frequently Suffer From Trauma Here are tips from recognized experts to provide a direction for scam victims or any individual that may be suffering These are only a general guide, but if [...]

United States Financial Fraud Victims

United States Financial Fraud 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 [...]

How Scams Work? Impersonation Romance Scams

How Scams Work? 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. Romance Scams African Style Impersonation Scams A SCARS Series How Scams Work? The Impersonation Romance Scam Almost all scams, frauds, or confidence tricks or schemes work along similar flows or have characteristics in common. Common Traits Almost all socially [...]

FAKE NEWS: Nigeria’s EFCC Will Pay Bounty On Yahoo Boys!

Nigeria's EFCCEFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud), scams, and money laundering. The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja, Nigeria. Will Pay Million Bounty On Yahoo Boys! Fake NewsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives. / Urban LegendUrban Legend Urban Legend An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a genre of modern folklore comprising stories circulated as true, especially on social media. These legends can be entertaining but often concern serious topics. They may also be confirmation of moral standards, or reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties. Urban legends are most often circulated orally but can be spread by any media, including newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes and seem impervious to exposure as untrue.! Sorry, it is NOT True - a SCARS Insight FAKE NEWS: For The First Time, Nigerian Declares All Our War Against Yahoo Boy Scammers! The Nigerians Are Not Willing [...]

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 [...]

Lost Pet Scam – Going For Your Heart

Lost Pet Scam - Going For Your Heart Owners Of Pets Who Post About Their Lost Pets Are Being Scammed A SCARS Special Report New scam targets owners of lost pets THIS IS AN 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. & IMPERSONATION ATTACK What To Watch Out [...]

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 Impersonation 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 [...]

Real Fake – A Graphic Novel from CISA

Real Fake - A Graphic Novel from CISACybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a standalone United States federal agency, an operational component under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversight. Its activities are a continuation of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). CISA was established on November 16, 2018 when President Donald Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. "Deep Fakes" and advanced technology Impersonations Developed by the United States Cybercrime & Infrastructure Security Agency SCARS is an official crime victims' assistance partner of CISA Real Fake The first graphic novel in US DHSDepartment 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. [...]

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 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? 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 [...]

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 [...]

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