Brett Johnson New SCARS Advisory Board Member

For Immediate Release
Miami Florida – July 31, 2020

New SCARS Advisory Board Member

SCARS is immensely proud to announce that Mr. Brett Johnson has joined the Advisory Board of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.

He is a unique Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Fraud, and Identity Theft Expert. A Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Writer, Podcast Personality. A Former USA Most Wanted Cybercriminal, Identity Thief, Hacker, and the Original Internet Godfather.

That is, he began his career on the dark side and came over to the light, and now works for the FBI and others helping to stop cybercrime.

Per Debby Montgomery Johnson “Brett brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about cybercrime. As SCARS is also a crime prevention organization, this will help us better understand the criminal and work to counter them.” She went on to say “I am very pleased that Brett could join us and I, and the rest of the SCARS Directors, are looking forward to working with him.”

Brett is one of the top experts in the world on cybercrime, identity theft, fraud, and cybersecurity. His knowledge is unique and will be a huge asset to SCARS.

His education does not come from a book, school. He is an investigator and commentator who has real practical experience on the subject of which they speak. He has hands-on training, and his knowledge is from the criminal side of things so he has an understanding of cybercrime that the majority of people on the planet will never possess.

Mr. Johnson has built the first true organized cybercrime (criminal) community “Shadowcrew” while also establishing several forms of financial cybercrime.  In his way, he was a pioneer of cybercrime as a young man. His Shadowcrew was the precursor to today’s Darknet Markets and laid the foundation for the way modern cybercrime channels still operate today.  He was placed on the United States FBI Most Wanted List, was convicted of 39 felonies, and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison.

According to Brett, “I am fortunate to be one of the few who have been able to step away from my life of crime–with the help of many. Today, I use the vast amount of knowledge I have concerning cybersecurity, cybercrime, identity theft, and fraud to help individuals and companies protect themselves from the type of person I used to be.”

He speaks and consults with some of the most well-known entities across the globe. His legitimate clients include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Microsoft, Lexis-Nexis, ThreatMetrix, VISA, Identity Guard, AARP, Emailage, MWAA, Elavon, TED, ISMG, Neustar, BBWest Bank, and numerous others. He is extraordinarily well respected in the industry of cybersecurity because of his intimate understanding of the cybercriminal mindset.

Brett Johnson has been recently featured on CNNMoney, NBC, AARP, VICE, RT TV, Arstechnica, the Independent, FOX TV, and many more.

Brett’s mission now is working to stop cybercrime and fraud worldwide. We are fortunate to have him be a member of the SCARS Advisory Team now!

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Press Contact: Debby Montgomery Johnson




Miami Florida U.S.A.


Brett Johnson, SCARS Advisory Board Member

Brett Johnson
SCARS Advisory Board Member


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