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SCARS Webinar: Money Mules

SCARS Webinar: Money MulesMoney mules Money mules are a type of money laundering where a person transfers illicit funds through a medium (such as a bank account) to obfuscate where the money came from. There are different types of money mules including witting, unwitting, and complicit. [VIDEO] Understanding How Victims Are Manipulated Into Becoming Accessories A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] May 7, 2022 It Is Common For 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 To Be Manipulated - Against Their Will Or Knowledge Into Becoming Money Mules Don’t Be a MuleMule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes.: [...]

SCARS Webinar: Romance Scams #1 – Pig Butchering Fraud & Military Impersonation Fraud [VIDEO]

SCARS Webinar: 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. #1 [VIDEO] Pig ButcheringPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. 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. & Military 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. Fraud A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] April 30, 2022 Romance Fraud has been with us for hundreds of years at least. Fraudsters pretending to be in love to gain money is commonplace! But [...]

FBI Goes After Scammers & Cybercriminals With RAT

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. Goes After Scammers & Cybercriminals With RAT A New FBI/IC3 Program A SCARS Insight The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Has A New Pet! Did you know that the FBI has an Internet Crime Complaint Center called IC3.gov?  And did you know that IC3 [...]

SCARS Webinar: Justice [VIDEO]

Justice - What This Means For Scam Victims A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] April 9, 2022 Every Scam Victim Wants Justice But What Is It Really? We explore the topic of what Justice is, how it works in the 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. Justice System worldwide - how police [...]

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy [VIDEO][RESOURCES]

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy Official Video & Resources A New Approach For U.S. Law Enforcement With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has released the second edition of the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy. [...]

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 [...]

After The Scam : Whose Job Is It? [VIDEO]

After The Scam : Whose Job Is It? [VIDEO] After you have been scammed, there are many things that must be done. Understanding who does what is very important. As a victim to not take on roles you are not equipped for. Focus on your recovery! [...]

Psychology of Scams: How Do You Get Closure?

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.: How Do You Get Closure? Closure Can Mean Different Things For Different People CLOSURE may be what someone needs to move on after a long relationship, after the death of a loved one, after a traumatic childhood event, or to overcome feelings of guilt for hurting someone [...]

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™ CORONAVIRUS GOVERNMENT ACTION GUIDE: Serving To Protect

SCARS™ CORONAVIRUS GOVERNMENT ACTION GUIDE: Serving To Protect The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.  In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies As A Result Of Actions By The Trump Administration, State Police Agencies Throughout The United States Have Substantially Improved Their Cybercrime Investigative And Support Capabilities As a result we recommend now that instead of reporting to local law enforcement that [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Reporting To The Local Police

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Reporting To The Local Police Every Single Day, Victims Speak About Their Experience Reporting To Their Local Police! IMPORTANT: Not every country is the same! This article mostly applies for victims in stable, rule of law countries. This includes the United States, Canada, UK & Europe, Australia, [...]

SCARS™ Insight: The Importance of the Police Report

SCARS™ Insight: The Importance of the Police Report By: Kirk B. Redwine, Criminal Justice Institute School of Law Enforcement Supervision Session XXII - October 26, 2003 The Importance of the Police Report Without the police report, your government has no real idea of what is going on, and cannot prioritize [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

SCARS™ Scam Basics: How Do You Properly Report Scammers? Why Does It Matter Anyway? It is essential that law enforcement and the government knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do. By knowing better how many of these crimes take place, the [...]

Threats And Your Local Risk

Threats And Your Local Risk What Are The Real Risks? A SCARS Guide Are You Worried That Scammers Will Come After You? We have heard from countless victims who truly feared for their lives! Almost always without real reason, but for every rule there are [...]

RSN™ COMMENTARY: Tragic Misunderstanding

RSN™ COMMENTARY: Tragic Misunderstanding One of the things we see over and over, for many years, is the unrealistic expectations of scam victims. In our RSN Guide to "What You Can Expect After A Scam" we talk about the specifics of what will and should happen, and what will not [...]

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