Burn-out…

Sooner or later all of us in the Anti-scam community will suffer from burn-out at some level. For those who do not work in the Anti-scam community think of what we do as a second job. One that you never get paid for in money but only in the satisfaction of doing the right thing. I have worked more than one 8 hour night after working my real life job during the day doing Anti-scam activities. It can be fun posting Scammer information and doing whatever I can to hurt the scammers and help victims find out that they are being scammed and get them back into the real world outside of the scam. But doing this can also wear you down at times. It is no fun hearing a victim tell you that they sent their life savings to their scammer. It is no fun getting an E-mail from a victim who says they took out a loan so they could send the money to their lover ( the Scammer) and will spend years paying that loan back.
So what keeps me going?
One is that I work with a great team here at Scamsurvivors.com. We all work hard to keep this site up and running and helping victims. Knowing there is a great team of people I work with here makes the work I do easier. But in the end, it’s about helping the victims. It’s about helping those people who have lost everything to the scammers and need our help. Its about posting scammer information so people can find it in a Google search and be warned about the scammer. We do this for the countless victims that we have helped and can post on our website that they are out of the scam and will be ok and those who never will post on our site that we helped them.

How Victims have helped.

Here at Scamsurvivors, we often call, text, or E-mail victims and potential victims of scams to warn them they are being targeted by scammers. One of the calls paid off in a huge way a few years ago. I called and warned a victim and asked if they would send me the scammer’s E-mail’s that they received. Luckily, I contacted this victim before they had sent money to the scammer. The Survivor sent me E-mails from the scammer one of which contained a website E-mail address. This website address led to over 20 more websites. Another victim of a loan scam led us to another 186 fake websites. It turned out that all of those websites were created by the same person. At present, that Website maker is responsible for 8 pages of reported scam websites on Scamsurvivors. Here is a link to that group: https://scamsurvivors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50138
Just one case where the information from victims has helped many others from becoming scam victims.

What can banks do to help fight Fraud?

I report the bank accounts that are received by Scamsurvivors.com and are being used to commit Fraud to the holding banks. Sometimes it’s as easy as looking up the bank, grabbing an E-mail address, and sending an E-mail. Other times it’s a struggle to say the least. I have some banks that I have to send faxes to like “Bank of Africa Senegal”. They have a Fraud E-mail address listed in their contact us page but it has bounced every time I have tried to use it. The E-mail address even starts with “fraud419”. So does that bank care about Fraud? I seem to get some evidence that my faxes are getting results. I have called banks in the USA and have been told on the phone that they cannot discuss anything Fraud related and they couldn’t even give me an E-mail address or Fax number to their fraud department! I sent that bank a letter in the mail with “Attn: Fraud Department” on it. No idea if it was ever opened.

So what can the banks do to help fight Fraud?

Have a fraud reporting E-mail address posted on their contact page and actually have someone responsible for reading and researching the information received. A lot of victims could be saved jail time and a lot more scammers could be arrested if they did.
Jeff Davies