Psychology of Scams

What we know about how scams work on the brain and how scammers manipulate their victims

Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? Why Do They Ask To Chat Somewhere Else? First, it is important to understand the risks of social media for scammers. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are high-value properties for scammers and they are easily lost. It takes time to create a profile and if they are talking with 20 victims they can't have all of that activity on their profile. So they [...]

New Book From Best Selling Author Elina Juusola – Love on the Line:: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation  – SCARS|RSN™ Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery: New Book From Best Selling Author Elina Juusola - Love on the Line:: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation  A New Work from Elina Juusola, Bestselling Author and SCARS Board Member Overview How can you become a victim of a romance scam and recover from the experience without harm? Elina Juusola, researcher and a feminist was living a low time of her life. She was struggling with her health [...]

Visualization For Recovery – A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Jackie Corbett

A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Jackie Corbett The following is a Guest Editorial by Jackie Corbett - a leading Anti-Scam Victims Advocate, SCARS Board Member, and Scam Survivor. Jackie plays a leading role in directly helping scam victims to recover, and is both an Advisor and Board Member of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. Visualization For Recovery VISUALIZATION IS A USEFUL TOOL FOR SCAM VICTIMS Can you remember a time you felt [...]

Victim’s 7 Deadly Sins – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Recovery: Victim's 7 Deadly Sins When Scam Victims Cross The Line WARNING: This Is Going To Be A Fire And Brimstone Kind Of Sermon About Scam Victims Its purpose is not to blame, shame, or condemn, but to help recent victims understand that their after-scam decisions have just as many consequences as their decision to let their scammer in. Who Are We To Talk About This? SCARS is a victims assistance and support [...]

How Fear Affects You After A Scam – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: How Fear Affects You After A Scam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If You Are Overcome By Fear And You Need Someone To Talk To Now Call This Number: Call 1-800-273-8255 Or Your Local Crisis Hotline - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [...]

Psychology of Scams Part 1 – SCARS|PODCAST™

Psychology of Scams Part 1 - SCARS|PODCAST™ Happy Saint Patrick's Day! To learn more about the Psychology of Scams Click Here » If you want to share this podcast, click on the link below To download a copy of this SCARS Podcast MP3 file click here » To Hear All Of Our SCARS|PODCASTS™ Click Here » - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [...]

ASMR – Using Your Brain & Body Against You – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: ASMR - Using Your Brain & Body Against You The Following Is An Summarization & Analysis Of A Scammer Manipulative Technique From SCARS|RESEARCH We encourage you to explore this topic futher. Introduction In the exploration for the psychological triggers and controls of the Romance Scam phenomena, we have looked at and discussed several different ways that scammers manipulate and control their victims. These included triggering something called an Amygdala Hijack », [...]

Real Victims’ Assistance – SCARS|RSN™ Recovery & Support [Infographic]

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery & Support: Real Victims' Assistance [Infographic] Scam Victims Pass Through Stages On Their Way To Healing And Recovery But Are Easily Held Back By Bad Support THE ROMANCE SCAM VICTIM FUNNEL EFFECT The Romance Scam Victim Funnel Effect - Infographic Poster About Most Anti-Scam Groups Most anti-scam groups are complete amateurs or fakes that offer no real help! They feed off of romance scam victims' fear and anger. Forcing an endless [...]

Removing The Face Of Your Scammer – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Removing The Face Of Your Scammer A Recovery Technique: How To Recover And Remove The Face Of The Scammer What is the way to put the face (from your scam) behind you? This is going to sound strange, but this is solid psychology. You need to move on and recover from the scam, but how can you when the face you connected with is still in your head? One Way To [...]

Scam Victim Surrender – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Surrender There Comes A Point In The Scam When the Victim Just Surrenders And Sends The Money Renowned authors Sanford Strong ("Strong on Defense" ») and J.J. Bittenbinder ("Tough Target" ») point out that: "when someone is told a lie they desperately want to believe, they’re going to believe it" It's About Emotion, Not Logic Think about the first time you fell in love or a time when someone [...]

Write A Letter To Your Scammer – Say What You Feel! – SCARS|RSN™ Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery: Write A Letter To Your Scammer - Say What You Feel! Write A Letter That You Never Intend To Send One of the great challenges of scam victim recovery is resolving those unresolvable conflicts, and one of the greatest is never really being able to tell your scammer how much they harmed you. NOTICE: We DO NOT Recommend You Reopen Communications With Your Scammer, This Is For Your Benefit, Not Theirs! You Have [...]

How Do You Get Closure? – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: How Do You Get Closure? Closure Can Mean Different Things For Different People CLOSURE may be what someone needs to move on after a long relationship, after the death of a loved one, after a traumatic childhood event, or to overcome feelings of guilt for hurting someone in the past. However, closure after a romance scam is a different matter entirely. With a Romance Scam, there is no body to bury, [...]

Emotional Danger After The Scam – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Emotional Danger After The Scam When You Discover You Have Been Scammed Your Mind Goes Into Shock And You Seek Ways To Hold Onto Your Reality - Fake Or Not! Transference Can Easily Become Delusional Right After A Scam You Just Discovered You Were Scammed ... You fell for a fake face You fell for a fake name You fell for a fake story You can't believe it, it must not [...]

Desensitizing – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Desensitizing For Most Victims After The Scam Is A Very Traumatic Period NOTE: The following is not intended as a treatment or therapy guide but as a discussion of the subject matter. All decisions about mental health treatments or therapies should be made by patients in consultation with a licensed mental help professional. The trauma from the scam, romance scam specifically, will be very traumatic for an extended period of time. In [...]

Psychology Of Scams: When Should A Scam Victim Feel Ashamed? – SCARS|RSN™

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: When Should A Scam Victim Feel Ashamed? No Scam Victim Should Ever Feel Shame, Yet Most Do! Part of it is the event, part is their failure to act against the scam! Most scam victims never even report the scam or the scammer, instead they living in a partial state of denial while their anger or depression takes control. You Should Feel No Shame At All! If you did these things you [...]

What You Can Expect After A Scam – SCARS|RSN™ Podcast By Dr. Tim McGuinness

 SCARS|RSN™ Podcast By Dr. Tim McGuinness: What You Can Expect After A Scam Immediately After A Scam, You Will Have Questions. We Will Try To Answer Them! Here is our After-Scam Reality Check Podcast! You can download this for playback later is you would like. It is blunt but to the point – you need proper expectations to move forward with your recovery. Based upon our 27 Years of Experience this is what you should expect: You Have Been [...]

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