Today is a day of loss.

It brings us great sadness to announce the passing of our friend and partner Iris Münzel today at 4pm Central European Time.

Iris was a romance scam victim who had come to our organization a few years ago and stayed to help us support many other scam victims. In that time she became a good friend to many of us and a reliable ally.

She overcame the discovery of her scam and the huge loss that it created for her and funneled her energy into helping other victims in Germany and around the world. Countless victims owe their recovery to her tireless work. Even while in her final stages of cancer she was there for other victims doing her best to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Iris was a wonderful supporter of victims, recovery programs, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was even able to forgive her scammer and others that had abused her, all the while knowing that her own life was in ever greater danger. In the end, she found it difficult to help but continued to keep all of the many friends she made online in her mind and heart.

We had the great privilege to know her, work with her, and become her lasting friend.

Iris, we miss you!
Sicher reist mein freund!
Safe travels my friend!

Chris Fromal, Vianey Goes
And all of your true friends at SCARS

Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Incorporated

Welcome to SCARS™  the only Worldwide Nonprofit Nongovernmental Incorporated Cybercrime Victims’ Assistance Support & Advocacy Organization focused on the detection, deterrence, and eventual elimination on global online scams in all its forms, and the assistance and education of scam victims in their recovery and avoidance of future victimization.

We need a new approach that has proven itself over and over in other areas.

We need organization, we need standards, we need to stand up in real and meaningful ways. We need a new voice against online fraud.

Welcome to the Society!

This is the new voice that politicians will listen to, that law enforcement will work with, that victims can take comfort in, and that will change the way we educate and confront scammers to avoid online fraud. We are professionals!

The Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Focuses On You!

The focus of the Society is online scams and cybercrime in its various forms, 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. They target all races and genders, and employ racism and gender bias to create maximum vulnerability.

Scammers are part of large scale criminal 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 one hundred fifty thousand professional scammers operating worldwide.

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 employ countermeasures.

We have also built the worlds only real independent “chain of custody” cybercrime data network for broad reporting of cybercriminals.

Unfortunately, scams are treated by many as a laughable joke yet they destroy lives (actually driving good people to suicide) and compromising businesses every minute of every day. This is why the Society was formed. We are here to create and accelerate change!

SCARS Beginning Its Fifth Year Of Service - With 28 Years Of Experience
SCARS Beginning Its Fifth Year Of Service - With 28 Years Of Experience


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Please Note: In December 2018 we changed the name of our organization from the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams TO the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams.

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