SCARS | Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.

SCARS | Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
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Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.

Welcome to SCARS™  a Worldwide Nonprofit Cybercrime Victims’ Assistance, Support, and Advocacy Organization focused on the support of relationship scam victims worldwide; and the detection, deterrence, and eventual elimination on global online scams in all its forms.

Our principal goal is the assistance of traumatized scam victims to aid in their recovery and avoidance of future victimization and to educate the public about socially engineered cyber-enabled crimes in all of their forms to prevent further cybercrime.

SCARS was founded in 2015 by Tim McGuinness, Ph.D., and is led today by an extraordinary group of leaders who know first hand the devastating effects that scams can inflict on victims. We are here to help victims become survivors!

Why Was SCARS Created?

Scam victims are not getting the message in time to avoid scams, and they are listening to the wrong voices to be able to successfully recover from the trauma of their scams. We needed a new professional approach based upon methods that have been proven over and over in other areas.

We needed professionalization, organization, occupational standards, a deep understanding of the experience of relationship scams without the rage and vigilantism so common with amateurs, and we need to stand up in real and meaningful ways to prevent crime. We needed a new voice against cyber-enabled online fraud.

The Damage Done By Relationship Scams

Total Relationship
Scam Victims


Percentage Of Victims
That Fully Recover

Based Upon Published Estimates

Average Financial Loss
Per Romance Scam

Based On Published Results Worldwide

Scam Victims That
Commit Suicide

Each Year Estimated By SCARS|ANALYTICS™

Victimization Every Single Day Worldwide

Total Scam Attempts
Each Day


Romance Scams Financial
Loss Each Day


New Romance Scam
Victims Per Day

Based Upon Published Reports

Victims That Commit
Suicide Each Day


The Plague Of Transnational Cybercrime

Total Romance Scam Losses Each Year

0 Billion US$ Dollars
Estimated By SCARS|ANALYTICS Research

Total Losses To Cybercrime Each Year Mid 2019 to Mid 2020

0 Trillion US$ Dollars
Estimated By McAfee

Money Recovered

0 Billion US$

Number Of Professional
Cybercriminals Worldwide


Primary Countries Where
Scammers Operate

Based Upon Published Reports

Online Scammers
Arrested 2019

Based On Published Results Worldwide

Values are based upon published news, law enforcement, government, and industry data compiled by SCARS|ANALYTICS

Latest SCARS News & Announcements

Welcome To Our Society! Welcome to SCARS™

We are a government registered crime victims’ assistance nonprofit organization based in Miami Florida U.S.A. since 2015, but with nearly 30 years of experience addressing socially engineered cyber-enabled crime and their victims.

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We Focus On Victims!

The focus of the Society is online scams and cybercrime victims, primarily on Relationship Scams (also known as Romance, Dating, Love, or Sweetheart Scams), but also on related scam attacks directed at individuals in their personal life and at business including Phishing and BEC Scams.

Fraudsters target adults, the elderly, and even more and more our children, teens, and young adults. They target all races and genders and employ racism and gender bias to create maximum vulnerability.

Scammers are part of large scale criminal transnational enterprises and even fund and support terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. Some have workforces numbered in the thousands. Our estimates are that there are over five hundred fifty thousand professional scammers operating worldwide.

Fortunately, global law enforcement has stepped up their operations and arresting scammers in record numbers annually.

The Society’s primary effort is directed at providing professional crime victims’ assistance and support for scam victims. But through our understanding and analysis, we are also the primary advocacy organization to work with governments around the world and change the legal landscape enabling ever greater enforcement. Our knowledge acquisition and dissemination publishing activities also help everyone avoid scams and learn online safety.

SCARS is also a primary online crime reporting center distributing online crime data worldwide.

Scams are a serious global problem that requires professional solutions that SCARS provides.

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SCARS Helps Scam Victims

Number Of Scam Victims Supported By SCARS In 2019 Based Upon Social Media & Website Analytics

SCARS Helps Scam Victims
On Social Media

Approximate Number Of Scam Victims Supported By SCARS In 2019 On Social Media Based Upon Analytics

Since 2015

Approximate Number Of Scam Victims Supported By SCARS Since Founding In 2015 Based Upon Analytics

Can You Help Us
Help Scam Victims?

Every 2 Minutes Someone Is Romance Scammed!

You Could Be Helping Your Mother or Father, Sister Or Brother, Your Partner Or Even Your Child!

Won’t You Help?
Please Volunteer Or Donate Today!

Helping Scam Victims Is Not Free

Our services are free to scam victims, but personnel, regulations, insurance, training, technology, and supporting our own team all cost money. Our organization is a charitable nonprofit and is only supported by our donors. If you think what we do matters to you and to others you can help in two ways: you can volunteer your time, and you can donate to help us help scam victims around the world.

Click here to Volunteer or here to Donate – any small amount helps. You will get the satisfaction of helping real people who have been wronged by scammers around the world. You will also help us stay in the face of politicians that can bring an end to scamming!

Will you help us to help others?

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Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.

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