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The Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. [SCARS] is the world's leading online crime victims' assistance & support organization, supporting victims for nearly three decades from our base in the United States.

The Society was founded in 2015, but its team has been helping online crime victims since 1991. It was founded by Dr. Tim McGuinness, a personal computer industry & internet pioneer, a technologist, futurist, roboticist, and an expert in social engineering processes. Dr. McGuinness was also co-founder of the multi-billion dollar ecommerce business TigerDirect ( []

SCARS supports nearly 5 million scam & cybercrime victims a year through its activities on their websites [such as] and on social media (such as Facebook). In 2018 SCARS reached more than 5 million scam victims around the world, and over 100,000 victims a month on Facebook. We also provide the only professional scam victim recovery programs that have helped tens of thousands of victims.

In addition, SCARS built the world's first global interchange network for online crime data SCARS|CDN Cybercrime Data Network allowing victims worldwide to report scams & scammers for distribution to entities everywhere via websites such as and others.

All SCARS' services for victims are Free

But nothing is free in this world; SCARS donors & supporters provide the funding for these services. SCARS employs a professional team of trained cybercrime victims assistance personnel plus a large number of expert volunteers to help victims in their time of need and is the leading publisher of romance scam related information. This all comes at a cost, but we do not pass that cost on to the victims, for them our services are always free.

You can help!

You can help maintain and expand our services so that we can help more victims of cybercrime and online scams. With your help, SCARS can:

  • Employee more cybercrime victims assistance professionals to offer more services 
  • Provide better training for victims assistance volunteers
  • Publish more information vital to victims for recovery and scam avoidance in the future
  • Support more victims through our professional & peer-to-peer recovery programs
  • We would also be able to help more directly through advocacy programs to assist victims in legal problems
  • To more comprehensively lobby governments for better laws & treaties to more effectively fight for victims
  • And expand our role in working with governments on law enforcement initiatives

We hope you benefited from our services and will help others gain the benefit of what SCARS can provide.

SCARS is NOT an Anti-Scam Group of amateurs, SCARS is the world's professional registered and incorporated nonprofit Internet-based Crime Victims Assistance Organization that is partnered or affiliated with governments and institutions around the Earth to help support scam victims and to effectively combat cybercrime.

You can learn more about SCARS at

We are a Tax-Exempt Charitable Corporation. EIN #83-3006875 IRS 501(C)(3) Status Pending