ScamTrackers – A New Initiative.
Safe Or Scam has launched a new video channel on Youtube which we have called ‘ScamTrackers’. We have been a bit quiet lately in posting new articles for a number of reasons e.g scam actions coming to a conclusion which needed our attention, staff shortages, new people coming in and some people retiring, revisiting old scams with fresh eyes so that we can go after the perpetrators again, reviewing new legal judgements which might give rise to more recovery options for investors, and simple fatigue. It’s tiring chasing scammers.
But we’re back with some new initiatives and new partnerships. The first initiative is ScamTrackers. The aim of the channel is primarily to allow the victims of scams to have a voice by publishing short videos that they have made. These are people who are not content to just accept what has happened to them. Some of them have been working with us to hold the perpetrators to account and have been keen to be involved in the research and investigation.
During 2021 a few of the investigations we started turned into full-scale criminal investigations. We won’t be able to publish videos involving those cases and we may have to take down some videos in the future if they ever become criminal investigations.
One case we can comment on is Essex and London Properties because that case is in court this week. Criminal charges were brought against seven people. We’re disappointed it wasn’t more because there are some people whose companies have been involved in at least a dozen scams, including the Essex and London Properties case, and have always avoided being charged. These are the people who provide the continuity which enables scam after scam to be launched, but claim that they were “just a third party escrow agent” or “just a third party office services company”. If the authorities focused on these companies and the individuals behind them they would put a stop to a lot of scams. We’ll provide an update on the Essex and London case tomorrow.
In addition to victim videos, ScamTrackers will produce its own videos focusing on “the ones that get away”. Every time a video is published we will write a blog article. The first video is very short and is John K setting up his camera in his conservatory. There’s nothing of any substance in it. That comes later. John inherited a lot of money and became a target for scammers. They took the lot. We are starting with John’s investment in StratXMarkets, a binary option scam. If he wants to tell the world about the other scams that will be up to him. Quite a few people are understandably too upset to share their experience of being scammed and it takes a lot of guts to do it. If anyone would like to provide a video please let us know.
ScamTrackers fits nicely into another new initiative which is where we will focus on Money Mules. These are the people who take in the investment money for scam operations. It’s actually a criminal offence to do that, but few are ever prosecuted. It’s time to change that. To view an action John took against a money mule company in 2019 please CLICK HERE.
John’s camera check video can be viewed on THIS LINK . The teddy bear is a bit odd, but John tells us he picked it up at his local refuse centre when somebody was just about to throw it away. We’ve all done it !! In my case it was a plastic sandpit with a hole in it. Let’s just say it was back at the tip an hour after I proudly showed it to my partner.
UPDATE: A new video has been published. SEE THIS LINK TO AN UPDATED ARTICLE.
ScamTrackers – A New Initiative.