SCARSSCARSSCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims.
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The ScamScamA 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. Is Over But You Are Still Being Manipulated A SCARS Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of ScamsPsychology 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 scammerScammerA 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.! For some victims, this can go on [...]
United States Financial FraudFraudIn 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 [...]
How ScamsScamsA 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. Work? ImpersonationImpersonationAn 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 [...]
The Term "CATFISHCatfishCatfishing, 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 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 TheftIdentity 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Silent Threat - The Impact of Fraud on UK National Security By Helena Wood, Tom Keatinge, Keith Ditcham, and Ardi Janjeva A SCARS Special Report A U.K. Government Think Tank Research Paper Presented by SCARS for Public Discussion FRAUD AGAINST UK citizens, [...]
FluBotFlubotFlubot 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’ spywareSpywareA 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 [...]
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 [...]
5 Steps For Rebuilding Trust In A Marriage Following A Romance Scam Information For Married Relationship ScamRelationship ScamA 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 FraudAuthorized Push Payment FraudAuthorized 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! 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 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 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 [...]
Facebook Profiles For Sale Cheap A SCARS Special Report After Every Data BreachData BreachWhenever private information is seen by someone who should not have access, this is known as data exposure. It may also sometimes be referred to as a data leak or data breach. It might happen by accident or be caused by hackers who do it to cause harm to the individual or organization involved. It can be especially damaging to companies that store the credit card details and personal information of their customers. Cybercriminals Sell The Data This Time It Is After The Facebook Data Breach! And They Might Be Your Profile! Buying Real Facebook Profiles Is Easy! This Is A Website That [...]
One Ring Call Phone ScamOne Ring Call Phone ScamOne 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 [...]
COVID Patient Family Member Scam Scammers Are Always Creative In Finding New Ways To Steal Your Money Warning - Scammers Target Loved Ones Of COVID-19 Victims A New Form Of Government Imposter ScamImposter ScamA caller poses as someone you know or trust in order to obtain money or personal information. They often spoof a legitimate caller's number to appear more realistic. Government imposters may have hit a new low with a [...]
Don't Fall For Grandparent Scams A Type Of Phone Scam That Plays On Your Love For Your Family! They grab you by the heart and won't let go! Don't Open Your Door To Grandparent Scams When it comes to [...]
New 2021 Social EngineeringSocial EngineeringSocial engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.
It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests." Scams The Old Ones Are Still Active But Fraudsters Are Now Adding More Tools To Their Bag Of Tricks According To Industry Sources, Cyber-Enabled Criminals Are Constantly Inventing New Attack Types As scammers apply more institutional knowledge of the [...]
Landmark Case Changes Everything For Money MulesMoney mulesMoney 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. Impatience With Money Mules Is Driving Prosecution Mules Have Limited Time To Report And Respond Before Prosecution Is Put On The Table Money Mules Are The Backbone Of Online CriminalCriminalA 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. Enterprises More and More, Police & [...]
Dating & Social Media Profile Clues Anti-Scam Tips Scammers Do Not Always Understand The Terms They Use This is especially true for new or less experienced scammers Scammers Are Creatures Of Habit Quick Clues You Can Use To Spot Romance Scammers New or [...]
Avoid Online Scam Ads A Quick Guide For How To Not Fall For Fake Online Advertisements Avoid Fake & Scam Ads Courtesy of the SCARS Partner: Wizer Training Click the LEFT or RIGHT arrows to select the next slide [...]
Romance Scams And Risk Of Divorce When A Married Person Is Scammed It Can Lead To Divorce Does Being A Scam Victim Lead To Increased Risk Of Divorce What Are The Probable Outcomes For Married Romance Scams Victims? Extensive research has been conducted [...]
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.