🧛‍♀️Vampire Community Scams🧛‍♀️

They Happen and they’re relatively easy to spot… so don’t get caught up in a dream and end up being used for money. This Blog will tell you how to identify scams, protect yourself from them, and what to do if you encounter one.

My friends, since the dawn of civilization there has been opportunistic people looking to exploit others for their own personal gain. This happens everywhere, in all time periods, in all cultures, in all subcultures. Historically speaking, scams and fraud happens repeatedly from Ancient times until now where it is commonplace.

Ancient Scams?

Ancient Greece had a seafarers insurance program of sorts. A Seafaring Merchant could purchase insurance to cover their vessels and cargo in the event of a storm or some other damages and loss. Insurers would charge a premium and then gain a cut of the profits after a successful commercial voyage. Given the potential risk of their journeys, it became common practice for Captains to pay a 30% premium and felt it justified. However, shortly after this insurance program began, so did the insurance fraud. There are documented accounts of people trying to purposely sink ships in order to collect from these programs.   In Ancient Egypt, before cash was even a thing, taxes were still collected. Taxes were collected in the forms of traded goods or services, often in grain, but sometimes in forced labor. Tax collectors were known to use fraudulent measures when weighing out grain or other ways to make citizens pay more than they’re supposed to so they could skim off the top. This was a particularly heinous crime during Ancient Egyptian times, as crimes against the state were considered especially egregious.  The Roman Catholic Church in the 1500s was selling mass produced, pre-signed, certificates to get into heaven when you die… So, scams and fraud are nothing new.

In today’s world, we know them all too well.

“We’re calling about your car’s extended warranty” ring a bell? Chain letters,  email scams, scam calls, phishing schemes, all of it. It’s rampant and the internet only made it worse. To be a successful internet user, you need to be privy to the fact that these things are happening. They happen all over the place and you are open to facing them.

There seems to be a phenomenon that continues to happen within every alternative culture where money cults pop up and try to lure unsuspecting victims in. They will often lead with fanciful stories of ancient dogma passed down through the generations so that now you can procure the secrets of life and overcoming sickness or even death. The Vampyre Community is no different, nor immune to this.

How To Spot A Scam

They will cold call/cold message you- If a “secret organization” is reaching out to you in an unsolicited fashion and trying to get you to join an organization within the first half an hour of a message, shut that shit down. What secret society would recruit using such methods? It’s not very secret and elite if they’ll take any stranger off of facebook who is willing to pay the fees, is it? Most reputable organizations have a preliminary/probation  period before becoming a full member where you get acquainted with the rules/protocols/outer teachings before fully committing. How can you commit to something without knowing what that something is?

They will try to gain your trust by claiming affiliation with a well known company or organization or by impersonating someone who is well known within said structures.

They will also try to gain your trust by suggesting you use their own verification procedures. They will suggest their own websites for reviews or give you resources that they have specifically laid out to manipulate you into trusting them.

They will appeal to your emotions and exploit your weaknesses. They’re often great manipulators and will push your buttons to get you to do what they want. They will make promises to you that they can’t possibly keep.

They will feed you a fanciful story to woo you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They will guarantee the unguaranteeable. Nobody on this planet has the ability to guarantee without a shred of a doubt that they can cure your illness or disability. They can’t guarantee you’ll make a million dollars or whatever get rich quick scheme they’re touting.

They want you to pay up front before sharing anything with you. Most reputable organizations will have a sample amount of content for you to see before you commit to joining or paying for membership. Most reputable organizations will usually go through a vetting and integration process with you before you fully join them or ask for money. There are exceptions to the rule as some organizations are very secretive, but they usually are able to be recognized by other items in this list. An organization, no matter the size, should have some form of “publicly” available literature for you to explore so you get a feel for their teachings before fully committing. Every group I have ever encountered worth its salt has a “seekers” level of content to be previewed by interested parties.

They will create a sense of urgency to get you to pay them or make a decision without thinking it through.

They will use an unverifiable or unprotected payment option to screw you out of getting your money back when you figure out the truth behind what they are. Things like bitcoin, cashapp, giftcards, prepaid credit cards, or some other insecure or non-refundable means of payment processing.

How To Protect Yourself From A Scam

Be Alert to Scams. It is generally wise to have a healthy baseline amount of suspicion when dealing with strangers on the internet. Strangers on the internet are sus, especially if they reach out to you trying to get you to join something or get money/sales out of you without being prompted to.

Vet Everyone/Everything. If you intend to send money to someone or something, look up that entity. Google them. Do they have reviews? Is their website legit? Do they have existing members you can speak with that aren’t part of the “Council” or staff? Are there any true success stories that come from within their organizations? When was the group founded? When were the pages or groups to the group created? Are they brand new? If so, be weary of paying an exorbitant amount of money for their… well, anything. Make a well informed/researched decision before giving anyone any kind of money.

Never give money, financial details, or account details to anyone you don’t know and trust. Never give anyone your username and password to anything. Never give any of your credit card information to anyone over an unofficial channel. Use secure payment gateways or payment options that have purchase protection like paypal.

So You’ve Encountered A Scam?

If you feel as if you may have encountered a scam, there are some things you need to check to secure your online presences. If you’ve given anyone any sort of access to your accounts, you need to change your passwords and pin numbers. If any of your accounts share passwords you may want to change them all.

When to call the police

Contact the police if:

  • the scammer is in your area – if you have someone scamming door to door
  • you’ve transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours

If you feel threatened or unsafe call the police.

Gather all the details of the scam

Write down the details of your scam. This will help you remember all the important information when you report it.

Make sure you include:

  • who you’ve been in contact with – write down names, numbers, website links, and addresses if you have them
  • why you’re suspicious – write an incident report of what happened.
  • what information you’ve shared – for example, passwords, PINs, or bank details
  • whether you’ve paid any money. If so, how much?
  • how you’ve paid – for example, credit card or bank transfer

You can even file a complaint to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center here: https://www.ic3.gov/

Find more info here: https://www.usa.gov/online-safety

I hope this information helps somebody out there! Have you ever encountered a weird scam? Tell me about it in the comments!