Advocating Against Romance Scammers
All Updates
Scammed Survivors
Published on Sun Apr 14 09:01pm
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Be proud of how far you have come..It`s a daily hike, not a stroll, and you are owning it!
WHAT THE ZUCK??
Published on Tue Apr 02 03:06pm
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Now Zuckerberg wants regulations?? No really? When will FB take their own responsibility?
FACEBOOK POLICY ADVISOR'S RESPONSE ON MEETING REQUEST FROM MARCH 11, 2019
Published on Sun Mar 17 10:39am
XXXXXX
Mar 15, 2019, 6:25 PM (2 days ago)
to me, Bryan
"Hi Kathy,
Thank you for reaching out and I hope you and Bryan are well.
None of these issues have easy fixes and we do a good deal of proactive screening outside of any requirements directed to us, but as you know, the bad actors are many and very persistent.
We work very closely with the Congressman and we are in constant conversations with him and his team about these issues and many others.
When you meet with his office, they will surely reach out to us with any follow-ups. In the mean time, we are still actively working to mitigate the occurrence of those activities on our platform.
On behalf of the broader team,
-XXX
Facebook Public Policy "
The above is the response we received from Facebook’s Policy Advisor on behalf of the letter we sent on March 11, 2019, requesting a sit-down meeting with Bryan, I and Representative Kinzinger’s legislative staff.
This reply was not a surprise to us, nor is it anything we didn’t already know. We are fully aware that the “bad actors” or a more appropriate definition, criminals, monopolize the platforms and are very determined.
As the Facebook Policy Advisor mentioned, “we do a good deal of proactive screening outside of any requirements directed to us”. This statement may be true, but it’s apparent their definition of “screening” is simply not enough, and allowing accounts to remain, after reporting, that provide “how to’s” of money laundering, and the selling of the following: personal identification, fake forms of identification (driver’s license, passports), Facebook accounts, victim information such as addresses and credit card numbers along with scripts that coincide with the stolen photos, show that these noted attempts have significantly failed. Time for change.
This letter of response was forwarded to Representative Kinzinger’s Legislative Director that we are currently in contact with regarding the proposed amendment.
Now, will Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg respond on behalf of the safety of their members? Where does the importance lie?
FINAL FACEBOOK REQUEST TO WORK WITH US ON THE 230 COMMUNICATION DECENCY ACT
Published on Mon Mar 11 01:50pm
WORK AS A TEAM?
The following letter was sent to our Facebook Policy Advisor contact via email and to Mr. Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook and Ms. Sandberg COO of Facebook, via snail mail with a signed return receipt requested on March 11, 2019.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, March 11, 2019
As you are aware, Colonel Bryan Denny (Ret.) and I provided the Annual Report to Facebook on December 11, 2018, which showed little to no improvement from the initial report provided on October 4, 2017. We were also able to include additional information from facts gathered throughout the year on matters such as the crime-based accounts (ran by gangs on Facebook like the Yahoo Boys and Gee Guys), Facebooks facial recognition outcomes, and the overlooking of Facebook’s own Community Standards, amongst other subjects.
From the findings we provided, Bryan, I and the countless numbers of supporters, feel self-regulation is no longer the answer to these concerns. After 20 years of watching cyber-crime grow amongst our platforms and the numbers of victims soaring, it is now time for Federal Regulations to be put in place.
For the past six months Bryan and I have been in talks with Representative Kinzinger’s Legislative Director, on behalf of amending the 230 Communication Decency Act. Changing this law is not intended to hurt social media companies but to help regain control of the safety and security to their own population amongst platforms. Having the largest social media platform recognize the concerns and issues at hand, will show the public how determined they are in making things right for the future of social media.
We are requesting your presence, in the near future, for a joint meeting with Representative Kinzinger’s office, Bryan, and I, to talk on the changes to the 230, and how we can make platforms a safer, trusting, and more positive experience than what has been recently provided to the public.
Please consider joining us in this positive opportunity.
All my best,
Kathy Waters
http://advocatingforu.com
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
Published on Tue Feb 26 03:13pm
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PLEASE SIGN and SHARE THE PETITION! We have all been affected in one shape or form and so have our loved ones.
Romance Scams and Identity Theft: The FTC`s Findings!
Published on Tue Feb 19 01:11pm
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The numbers tell it all! The FTC`s numbers are in for romance scam claims! Another sincere thank you to our anti-scam group`s "family" for the continued support!
AUSTRALIA'S ABC'S SHOW FOUR CORNERS :
Published on Mon Feb 11 03:33am
WATCH THE SHOW HERE!
Please watch the full episode on how the scam works, the scammers themselves, and the victims, including Bryan as the face of the identity theft victims! It just goes to show the critical need for the amendment of the 230 Communication Decency Act!
PLEASE SIGN THAT PETITION ABOVE!
AUSTRALIAN SHOW - Meet the scammers
Published on Thu Feb 07 06:14am
WATCH THE PROMO HERE!
Definitely check out the link for a preview of the story Bryan and I were honored to be apart of! As soon as the link to the show`s entirety is posted, you will find it on this site! There`s no better time to educate so many on Romance Scams than a few days before the holiday for romance, Valentines Day! Kudo`s to every single person, every day, who joins in on this fight to make social media a safer place!
"Meet the scammers, reported by Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop, goes to air on Monday 11th February at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 12th February at 1.00pm and Wednesday 13th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners ." https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/meet-the-scammers/10790758
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: LET'S SIGN THAT PETITION!
Published on Thu Feb 07 06:00am
CONGRESS WANTS TO SEE THE NUMBERS! WE NEED TO SIGN THAT PETITION!
Click the link at the top of the page where it say's "Please sign the Petition today! We have all been affected by scammers trying to "friend" us! Social Media needs to be held partially responsible for the continually allowed fake and criminally driven accounts (Yahoo Boys, Gee Guys etc.) to roam their sites! Help support this need for change!
NOTES ON MEETING #3 FROM REPRESENTATIVE KINZINGER’S OFFICE
Published on Fri Feb 01 03:24pm
MEETING: 2/1/2019
TIME: 12:00PM
MEETING WITH REPRESENTITIVE KINZINGER’S LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
THE NEW HOUSE LEADERSHIP
As we all know, in early January the House of Representatives changed leadership, from Republicans to Democrats. All Representative offices are now having to update their proposing Bills to meet the “likes” of the democratic party. In other words, to better appeal to the Democrats now that they are in leadership, in hopes to move their Bill forward to the Senate. This being said, all new proposals (like ours) will be on hold until approximately March/April, when the older proposals are rewritten and able to be introduce.
SO.....WHERE IS OUR ISSUE?
According to Rep. Kinzingers’ Legislative Director, our issue is “at the top of the stack” of new proposals. He stated the concern is very important, and they do understand the severity since Rep. Kinzinger is an identity Theft victim (like Bryan) and someone the Director knows, fell victim to a romance scam.
MOVING THE AMENDMENT FORWARD...WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Moving the amendment forward takes significant planning. Due to the 230 being such an important Law within the tech community (for their right to self-regulate), there may be a lot of controversy, and roadblocks ahead. In the past, the 230 has been very difficult to amend (lobbyist spending millions of dollars to petition against the changes), however due to all of the breeches, security of safety issues within platforms in the recent years, amending is looking to be more acceptable (there will always be an opposing team). The Legislative Director informed Bryan and I that before they can promise to move our proposal forward and start the amending process, the issues must be presented to the rest of Representative Kinzinger’s team for search of any pitfalls that may occur during the team’s research process. It is also important that the amendment is solid in facts, need, and a matter that Representative Kinzinger can confidently speak to. In other words, Rep. Kinzinger’s team must complete enough research for the amendment to look as though it will pass both Houses (House of Representatives and Senate) with flying colors (only then can the amendment be signed and put in place). We all agreed that it’s apparent there’s significant issues that need changing within the current Law.
The Legislative Director reiterated to be patient with the process, and gave an example of one amendment taking 7 years to push through. He stated that this is not all cases, and many amendments can go through a lot faster with less debatable topics, however this may be a pretty controversial subject, just like when the same law was amended under HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON PLATFORMS.
On another great note, The Legislative Director also mentioned a renew focus on the Privacy Law which may encompass all Identity Theft concerns, including what was presented in our proposal.
In addition, the issue was brought up in regards to groups such as the Yahoo Boys, and how they conduct their business on platforms. We asked if this concern could be somehow absorbed into the amendment, and were told it definitely could. Of course, that would be done by Rep. Kinzinger’s staff and how they could appropriately and legally write the regulatory action on the platforms in regard to the crimes (similar to how Human Trafficking was being conducted on the platform, Backpage).
WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP THIS ALONG?
Bryan and I asked how we can show more crucial need for this amendment. We were told by the Director how important it is for the congressional leaders to see how this problem affects their constituents. A good way to do this is by keeping up with the petition, which can show what states the signers are from (if provided by the supporter). Also, having an array of signers from all over the world, shows the necessity of the change, not just within the United States (this also helps keep the interest of the congressional leaders). The Legislative Director also mentioned how the media is a great way to get the word out, and by the looks and sounds of it, we are doing a great job with that...and making some waves!
CONCLUDING:
At the end of our conversation the Director stated he is looking forward to staying engaged with us and will be keeping a close eye out on what’s “coming down the pikes”, in other words similar issues and possible news that shows an additional need for the amendment. When asked if a follow up meeting could take place in the next two months, the Director was more than receptive and looking forward to our next follow up.
PERSONAL NOTE:
Bryan and I are aware of the government process and the reasons behind their work and research...but of course we wanted everything done yesterday. We hoped the meeting would be positive for the proposal, and it most definitely was! We are incredibly thankful for every one of you who have stuck by this fight, provided your support and encouragement on this long road and want to stress how even though, on the government end, things may look “stagnant”...it will never be on our end. We will always keep you up to date whether the news is positive or not-so-positive, and we will always give 150% in the name of everyone’s safety and security on social media platforms. It is each and every one of you that encourage Bryan and I to keep up the fight, and we are so blessed to be able to “walk beside you” in this battle of courage, faith and trust.
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: REP. KINZINGER MEETING and MORE MEDIA
Published on Wed Jan 30 01:21pm
A new meeting set with Rep. Kinzinger's office on Feb. 1, 2019 at 3:00pm. More media work to help provide education!
Advocating Against ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT
Published on Thu Jan 24 05:36am
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Everyone can be an advocate! Join forces and let's spread the word on Romance Scams during this Valentine "season". Education is the key to knowledge and awareness!
Advocating Against ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT
Published on Mon Jan 14 12:48pm
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-A remembrance of a great advocate, Renee Holland (Renee Renee).
-Phone Conference in the works with Rep. Kinzingers' office for the week of the 21st!!
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: BACK AT IT AND VALENTINES!
Published on Mon Jan 07 12:31pm
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Back from the holidays! Everyone ready?
How will the new leadership in the House of Representatives effect our fight...or will it? Also...Time to gear up for Valentines Day!
We are ready to get back to work after the holidays! Sign the petition, get the word out! Valentines is coming and so are the scammers!
ROMANCE SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT: REPORT, and MEDIA
Published on Fri Dec 21 10:06am
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Facebook has the report , and Global News Canada posted their article! It's an absolute honor to be your voice in this daily crusade. Your support and thrive for a safer more secure platform is what keeps our momentum and fight going, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bryan and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a VERY Happy Prosperous New Year! HERE WE ALL COME 2019!
FACEBOOK’S ANNUAL SUMMARY
Published on Fri Dec 21 07:39am
As promised I wanted to provide everyone a summary of the annual report we provided to Facebook on December 12, 2018. The information gathered were from the dates of November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2018.
Who at Facebook received the Annual Report: The report was sent via snail mail with a signed return receipt to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and COO Sheryl Sandberg (see photo above). The remaining Board of Directors (7 members) received their report through basic snail mail. We also provided our Facebook team, which consists of 7 members, including Facebook’s Policy Advisor, the report on December 14, 2018 via email.
The subjects we touched bases on were (See summary of each section below):
1. Reporting findings on Facebook
2. Reporting findings of Instagram
3. Anti-Scam Group Concerns
4. Crime Based Accounts
5. Facial Recognition
6. Facebook Community Standards/Reporting
7. Goals Provided and Met
8. Future
1. Our Facebook report findings showed Kathy to have a 34.37% success rate of deleted fake accounts that contained Col. Denny’s photos from 11/2017 to 4/2018 whereas Col. Denny had a 56.17% success rate of deleting accounts containing his own photos. No records of deletion were recorded passed the given date since the Facebook’s notification system of deleted or “within Community Standards” was ceased.
2. Instagram did not remove any of the reported accounts that Mrs. Waters reported upon the site, therefore all accounts were forwarded to the Facebook team and removed promptly.
3. Concerns voiced on the blocking of members after reporting a number of fake accounts in a short amount of time along with the need of the customer reporters (per Mark Zuckerberg) flagging the fake accounts to keep their platforms safe (you and I being the customer reporters).
4. Provided screen shots of accounts such as the Gee Guys and Yahoo Boys, and the crimes that occur upon Facebook’s platforms within those accounts. Also included a screen shot with a site that contained much of the criminally based acts but was still found to be within Facebook’s “Community Standards”.
5. Screen shots provided to show cropping and shading did not affect the ability to recognize people in pictures, (showing Col. Denny’s name being tagged across the photo after edit). Also, 23 of the 51 photos provided to Facebook by Col. Denny, used by scammers of his own photos, were flagged in the past to avoid being used to build fake accounts; however, the photos are still being found upon the site.
6. Screen shots provided and showed the ability to build multiple accounts (which go against Facebook’s own Community Standards) and visited why this was even an option. Also questions why the option for reporting under “fake accounts” was still primarily based on bot-built accounts and not manually built accounts, thus the reason so many manually built fake accounts, remain on the platform and found to be within Facebooks “Community Standards” after being reported.
7. The initial report suggested updated technology, more man power and additional education. Because metrics could not be provided regarding the man power or proof of updated technology we could not put this under as “goals met”, however Facebook did provide television commercials, advertisements in movie theaters, Subways etc. as well as created a PSA due to our initial report suggestion (per Facebook team), therefore “recognition of accomplished” was noted.
8. As for the future, since there were significant discrepancies found within the safety and security techniques and process of Facebook, we asked for Facebook to join in helping create a strong amendment to the 230 CDA on Identity Theft. Our Facebook team did contact us back prior to sending the report about this request with a clear denial.
ROMANCE SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT: FACEBOOK'S REFUSAL
Published on Tue Dec 11 02:37pm
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ARE WE SURPRISED? NOT AT ALL! DISAPPOINTED? ABSOLUTELY!
We wanted to give them a chance to help the future and reputation of FACEBOOK! THEY have let their customers down...AGAIN! However, now we CANNOT say we didn't try!
PLEASE SHARE AWAY!! The word must get out! We have got to stand up for our safety and security on all platforms.
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: FACEBOOK'S ANNUAL REPORT
Published on Tue Dec 04 04:26pm
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It's been a year since working with Facebook on the fake accounts. Our report has been written and ready to send this week! A rendition of the report will be provided in the next week as well.
Will Facebook listen to our findings? Will they accept the need for help for their customers over their want to self regulate?
Share away! Only people are aware when made aware! Thank you again everyone for your continued support!
Canadian News Publication
Published on Tue Nov 27 12:41am
Hi Everyone, If you are a Canadian resident and a scam survivor interested in sharing your story to help educate others with a Canadian News Publication, please direct message me. Thank you for your consideration. Names can be anonymous.
ROMANCE SCAMS and IDENTITY THEFT: WILL FACEBOOK HELP?!
Published on Tue Nov 27 08:35am
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Will Facebook work with congress to make their platforms safer? Will they meet with us to hear the voice of their customers? Will other companies take interest and meet with us?
A Canadian News article will be interviewing us as well and looking for a few Canadian scam survivors to share their story and help raise awareness!
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