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Emailed & Downloaded Photos May Contain Malware

Emailed & Downloaded Photos May Contain MalwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. SCARS 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. Basics Don't Open That Photo Attachment The Dangers Of Downloading Photos From Stranger Emails Or The Web It Has Long Been Known That Image Files Can Contain Malware This can apply to photos sent [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Charity Fraud

SCARS™ Special Report: Charity 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. Here’s How Charity ScamsCharity Scams Scammers call asking for charitable donations, often after large-scale disasters. They may make up phony charities or spoof a real charity to trick you out of your money. Work: Someone contacts you asking for a donation to their charity. It sounds like a group you’ve heard of, it seems real, and you want to help. How can you tell what charity is legitimate and what’s a scam? Scammers want [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: After A Romance Scam Comes More Scams

SCARS™ Scam Basics: After A Romance Scam Comes More 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. After The Initial Romance Scam Runs Its Course Scammers Have Many Other Options To Get Another Drop Of Blood From Their Victims These are what we call "Follow On Scams" The "Confession Scam" - is where the scam confesses their [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online Fraud

SCARS™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online & Real-Life Fraud   1 - Spot Imposters / Fakes Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Scammer Acid Test

SCARS™ Scam Basics: 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. Acid Test Most Scams Follow Similar Patterns Of BehaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. By The Scammer HERE ARE A FEW COMMON TACTICS/BEHAVIORS/STRATEGIES SCAMMERS USE Always be on the lookout for these warning signs that could identify a scammer. The Basic Scam "Acid" Test: PICTURE PROBLEMS Is the person's photo original? [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Who’s Job Is It?

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Who's Job Is It? Many Scam Victims Seem To Poorly Understand How The Real World Functions To help enlighten, we offer the following overview and list of "jobs" related to scams and scammers and who does them. SCAMMERS Of course, these are the criminals. But few understand [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Basic Fakery Deception & Lies

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Basic Fakery Deception & Lies The Typical 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? Has A Simple Set Of Basic Fakes Or Lies As you already know, not everyone using online dating sites or social media is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos stolen from other people — [...]

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, [...]

Stolen Photos – SCARS™ Scam Basics

SCARS™ Scam Basics: Stolen Photos Fact Scammers Have Created More Than ONE BILLION Fake Identities With Most Of Them Using Stolen Photos Photos Just Like These: They use them to create falsified passports used in an actual internet romance scams, such as this one: SCAMMER PROFILE: Jessica [...]

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