Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Insights: Scam Victim Saviors

SCARS|RSN™ Insights: Scam Victim Saviors We Wanted To Share Some Thoughts On Scam Victim Saviors Be careful what you believe out there, misunderstanding and urban legends are everywhere. Countless victims believe they are instant experts. A significant percentage of victims instantly believe they are experts just because they went through a scam. Being a victim does not make anyone an expert. As the saying goes, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. [...]

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization – How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You!

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization - How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You! Dehumanization Is The Viewing Certain People As Less Than Human Or As Objects To Be Used Or Manipulated 'Less Than Human' is the Psychology of Cruelty Dehumanizing is one of the more serious aberrations of human psychology. It allows us all to perform the most unspeakable acts as though they are nothing because we are doing them to others who are not like [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Understanding the Victim Complex

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Understanding the Victim Complex An Insight Into The “Victim Complex” Or “Victim Mentality” By Robert Longley - Updated March 16, 2018 - Copyright Acknowledged In clinical psychology, a “victim complex” or “victim mentality” describes a personality trait of persons who believe they are constantly the victims of the harmful actions of others, even when made aware of evidence to the contrary. Most people go through normal periods of simple self-pity, as part of [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering

 RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering Extracted and adapted from an article by Sharie Stines, PsyD, GoodTherapy.org - Copyright acknowledged - we thank the author for their scholarship 10 Steps To Breaking Free And Staying Free Bonds occur in toxic relationships (such as with a romance scammer) and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement — your hope of something better to come (a happy ending). These Trauma Bonds occur in [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding People Often Stay In Abusive Relationships Because Of Something Called 'Trauma Bonding' Originally published by: Lindsay Dodgson -  Aug. 17, 2017 - BusinessInsider.com 'Trauma Bonding' — Here Are The Signs It'S Happening To You RSN Editor's Note: This applies to scam victims just as it does to local abusive relationships. People often don't even realize they are in an abusive relationship. It can be hard for others to understand why someone [...]

The SCARS Philosophy of Providing Victims’ Support – Podcast

The SCARS Philosophy of Providing Victims' Support - Podcast The following is copyright © 2018 SCARS

RSN™ Insight: Psychology Of Romance Scams – Scam Junkies

RSN™ Insight: Psychology Of Romance Scams - Scam Junkies Updated November 2018 Are You A Scam Junkie? What is that? We know that scams - during the romance phase can lead to an addiction. It modifies your behavior, your thinking, just like an addiction, because it is one - based upon your addiction to endorphins released by your brain. In short, victims become dependent on what they get from the scammer. Horrible idea, but true. But [...]

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor?

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of scams from over 27 years. We have had the benefit of expanding our knowledge by professionalizing our activities as registered crime victims' assistance and support providers, in applying victimology and criminalistics, as anthropologists, as specialists in addictive behavior, in the psychology of scams, [...]

RSN™ Guide: Depression – What You Need To Know

RSN™ Guide: Depression What You Need To Know By the: United States National Institute of Mental Health About this Guide This Guide, was prepared by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provides an overview on depression. NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. This Guide will help you learn the following four things that everyone should know about depression: Depression is a real illness. Depression affects [...]

A Guide for Friends and Family of Romance Scam Survivors

A Guide for Friends and Family of Romance Scam Survivors A Free Guide by the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] This Guide is intended for Family and Friends of someone that was involved in a Romance Scam Also available on LinkedIn.com here » Introduction This is presented in the hope that it will help scam victims to explain what happened to them. We hope that by reading this you can understand that the [...]

RSN™ Guide: U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams

RSN™ Guide: U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams Online Romance Scam Information About Stolen Soldier Identities Impersonation & Identity Theft Of United States Army Soldiers If You Suspect Someone Then They ARE A Scammer You may have a suspicion about someone you have met online. You may not know it yet but your instincts picked up on something out of place (below we explain the Red Flags in more detail). Go with your [...]

RSN™ Guide: The Amygdala Hijack! [Infographic]

RSN™ Guide: The Amygdala Hijack! [Infographic] IF YOU ARE A ROMANCE SCAM VICTIM THEN YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THE AMYGDALA HIJACK! One of the cornerstones of a Romance Scam (and it variations) is that before you are aware of it, your brain is hijacked. This happens when the scammer starts to tell you they love you - it happens because you have projected your own wants and desires onto your online relationship almost from [...]

SCARS Announcement: Completion Of New Zealand Victim Study

SCARS Announcement: Completion Of New Zealand Victim Study SCARS Is Very Pleased To Have Assisted In The Continuing Research Into The Psychological Effects Of Online Fraud Potentially Leading The Way To Better Recovery Solutions For All Victims We are very proud of our volunteers and staff for their support during the study by the University of Aukland, New Zealand, and to all of the victims and SCARS Members that participated. SCARS continues to lead the [...]

SCARS Infographic: Understanding Scam Victims

SCARS Infographic: Understanding Scam Victims Romance Scam Victims 2018 - What Do Different Victims Think They Need Or Want? Based Upon Studies By The Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams 2018 1,900+ Romance Scam Victims Surveyed Reported Survey Conducted Between December 2017 And September 2018 On RomanceScamsNow.Com   For More SCARS / RSN Infographics Click Here » - - - - - - - - - - - - - - END - - - - - - [...]

Do You Love Me? Psychological Characteristics of Romance Scam Victims

Do You Love Me? Psychological Characteristics of Romance Scam Victims An Academic Study by Monica T. Whitty, Ph.D. Foreword By The Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] For the purpose of enhancing victim understanding and victim assistance & support providers knowledge, we are presenting the study in its entirety without edits or comments. While the results are the interpretation of the researcher and may differ from the practical experience of our organization over 27 years, we feel this [...]

RSN™ Guide: After The Scam Comes Disaster

RSN™ Guide: After The Scam Comes Disaster The Hard Times That Come After A Scam You all know what you felt after you discovered your scam. Heartache, despair, rage and anger, depression. The whole range of traumatic emotions that follow something like this. But few foresee the long-term consequences to their lives from giving away the amounts of money that some do. Some victims give away huge sums of money, from thousands to over a million. [...]

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