In the late 1990's, there were but a handful of web sites
on the Internet centered on fraud. Of those, only two were truly helpful
to the confused, often frantic fraud victim.
changed, but the many fraud-fighting sites that currently exist still
are not helpful
in a practical, legally applicable sense to victims of fraud, their
friends, and their families, nor do most of the sites provide in-depth
fraud recognition education that can be immediately absorbed and understood by any reader, regardless of
nationality or level of education.
In 1999, Fraud Aid was
started to fill that gap and remains the oldest fraud-fighting site on
the web worldwide.
Backstage Tour explains the
basis and technique of all frauds, including a profile of how con artists
think and what motivates them.
assists fraud victims in their effort to come to grips with
what happened to them. The Manual includes a 12-Step list for emotional
recovery; an explanation of Miranda Rights and how it used by
fraud victims who face the possibility of arrest; an explanation of the
different branches of US law enforcement and reporting agencies, on and
off the Internet; and a step-by-step guide for writing a court-presentable
report of the fraud (narrative).
The narrative, titled "How to Write an Effective Fraud
organizes the fraud victim's thoughts, memories, and Items of Proof needed
by law enforcement and the prosecution to process an investigation
leading to a better chance of successful conviction.
The "about" pages, titled "One Woman's Life in the
Secret World of International Financial Fraud," describes in story
format how Mrs. McGuire was drawn into the world of the con artists who
scammed her. The sequence of events was written in such a manner as to be
immediately recognizable to anyone who has been unlucky enough to have
brushed up against an experienced con artist perpetrating a long term
As sections are added to the
Fraud Aid web site, the principles apply as stated in our Credo:
We actively seek out any and all information related to
and present our findings in an easy to understand manner
such that anyone in the world,
regardless of their culture and circumstances,
can apply what they learn to their personal situation.
Wherever possible, links
are provided to ensure that viewers
can perform their own independent research to verify statements made by Fraud Aid
and draw their own conclusions.