There’s growing intel to suggest that the person at the end of that scam you might be about to fall for, whether it’s a crypto or investment scam, a romance scam, tech support, even Zelle fraud, might not want to be there either.

That they’re only there because they’re trapped in human slavery, possibly even imprisoned, and forced to work to a script.

That by not falling for these scams, by being more vigilant and aware, by recognizing the telltales that are always going to be there, you can help disincentivize the criminals behind this monstrous crime.

And help stem the surge in cyber slavery.

If you haven’t already read about the notion of pig butchering, of the prison-like camps operated in Cambodia and Laos that force thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of slaves to make these calls and deliver these scams, then please do.

Cyber slavery is clearly one of the new industrial centers of cybercrime.

Let’s use that message to help solve both. Because when you or your organization lose money to a scam, you’re not the only victim.

Not clicking on email bait, not falling for social engineering, knowing how to ignore a Zelle fraud, teaching your grandparents about romance and tech support scams – all help to take money from these monsters.