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Welcome ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Victims!

This is the most complete and authoritative website on romance & relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? of all types. This is a safe place for you to learn and help yourself to recover. We provide information for every stage of the scam experience, from avoidance, to discovery, to the aftermath and recovery. Take time to browse our home page and look through our sections and articles. We are not amateurs, we are the world’s leading nonprofit organization supporting victims worldwide with 30 years of experience. This website is for you, please use it. We wish you all the best getting through your experience!

Welcome To The World’s Leading Resource About ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

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Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them.

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Victim’s Paradox – The Desire For Certainty And How It Derails Recovery

Victim's Paradox - The Desire For Certainty And How It Derails Recovery How Scam Victims Often Sabotage Their Own Recovery In The Search For Certain Outcomes A SCARS Victim Recovery Insight What is the "Victim's Paradox"??? Do you want to be Certain? Victims of a crime demand certainty in all aspects of their interaction with law enforcement and the criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. justice system, and in their own recovery from these traumatic events. Please note, this is not blamingBlaming Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action. victims, far from it. It is pointing out the disparity between what victims want and what is possible, and that what they want initially may not be the best thing for them! After Becoming A Victim ... Victims want or even demand certainty of: Compassion and empathy from police officers, as though they were the first and only victim the officer has met, instead of the ten-thousandth Immediate attention to their issues, regardless of how many other priority requirements the police have That the criminal will be arrested immediately, no matter where in the world the criminal is That there will be a speedy trial and the criminal will be found guilty That the criminal will spend the [...]