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 criminal justice system, and in their own recovery from these traumatic [...]

Victim Expectations And Recovery Failure

Victim Expectations And Recovery Failure How Victims Can Sabotage Their Recoveries With Unrealistic Expectations A SCARS Scam Victim Recovery Insight Setting Your Expectations To Fail? Many Victims Do Just That! Expectations guide your progress in recovery from your scam, but having unrealistic expectations during the process sets you up for failure. When you set expectations so high you couldn’t possibly attain them, or expect another fantasy, you add unneeded stress [...]

Loneliness – Before And After The Scam

Loneliness - Before And After The Scam The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Loneliness Can Lead You Into Scams And Prevent You From Recovering We have noted over the years that many (most) scam victims talk about being vulnerable to a romance scam because they were lonely. Is This Really True? Though our need to connect is an essential part of us, many of us frequently feel alone. But [...]

Dealing With Grief & Recovery During The Holidays

Dealing With Grief & Recovery During The HolidaysCoping Skills And Your RecoveryThe Psychology of Scams - a SCARS Insight Coping with the Holidays After the End of a Relationship Portions courtesy of NOVA - National Organization for Victims' Assistance When Grief Comes Home for the Holidays Many among us have struggled with the cloud of sadness that hangs over the holidays after a loved one has died or a relationship has [...]

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam Manipulation & Control Often Include Abuse! SCARS Advocacy A Romance Scam Is A Form Of Violence There Is Also True Psychological & Emotional Abuse! As any scam victim can tell you, their scam left them profoundly changed. Sometimes they are in denial and simply cannot face it. Sometimes they lose themselves in their anger and rage. But almost all come out for [...]

SCARS STEPS – SCARS GREEN BOOK -Scam Victim Recovery Program

SCARS Steps Self-Paced Recovery Program Now Available In Book Form The SCARS GREEN BOOK To Purchase the SCARS Green Book visit Shop.AgainstScams.org SCARS OFFICIAL GREEN BOOK THE SCARS STEPS PROGRAM - SELF-HELP SELF-PACES SCAM VICTIM RECOVERY PROGRAM GUIDE A SCAM RECOVERY GUIDE FOR SCAM VICTIMS FROM SCARS The SCARS GREEN BOOK helps you get over your scam! This publication is to help Scam Victims recover from their scam experience - A Self-Help Self-Paced 8 Step Recovery Program From Scams & [...]

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight The Risks Of Social Isolation Caused By Romance Scams Understanding the Effects of Social Isolation on Scam Victim Mental Health People around the world have taken unprecedented safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing is critical for slowing the spread of infectious diseases, but experts suggest solitude carries its own health cost: Social isolation can affect mental [...]

Guide To Managing An Anti-Scam Group – Part 1 [Updated]

Guide To Managing An Anti-Scam Group - Part 1 A Series To Help Improve Amateur Anti-Scam Group Effectiveness SCARS Guidance For Caring For Traumatized Scam Victims Every Day The Are New Anti-Scam Groups Created On Social Media Sadly, Almost All Of Them Are Amateurs And Poorly Managed However, as the world leader in supporting traumatized scam victims SCARS wants to help spread professionalism and knowledge to help amateur groups better [...]

Things Scam Victims Can Do to Improve Their Mental Health Every Day

Things Scam Victims You Can Do to Improve Their Mental Health Every Day Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight Small Steps To Build Resilience, Increase Positive Feelings, And Feel Better When people talk about mental health, they are often referring to a disorder – such as anxiety or depression – that may require professional support and treatment. But mental health is much more than a diagnosis. Mental health includes your [...]

SCARS & Other Victims’ Assistance: Finding Help! Right Now!

SCARS & Other Victims' Assistance Finding Help! Right Now! Presented by SCARS It Is Very Common That Scam Victims Need Help! Sometimes you need it right now! Romance Scam Victims Have Unique Challenges In Coping After A Scam Is Discovered! There are several options available to help - but if you need help get it! SCARS Own Support Groups Help Victims Online: The SCARS Scam Victims Support & Recovery Group [...]

The Dark Side of the Psychology of Scams – Schadenfreude

The Dark Side of the Victim Psychology - Schadenfreude The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight The Dark Side Of Victim Psychology For Many Years We Have Attempted To Understand The Obsessions Many Scam Victims Experience With Scammer Photos! PLEASE NOTE: This is not presented to make victims feel bad. This is shared to help victims take a look at their own emotions in the hope that it can bring [...]

Shame – Secrets & Lies

Shame - Secrets & Lies The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight A Common Response To Shame Is To Hide This Can Happen Both During The Scam And After It One of the ways the scam victims hide from the reality of their situation is by lying about their real situation. This deception of friends and family, may seem like the thing to do at the time, but it only [...]

For Family & Friends – Article Catalog

For Family & Friends - Article Catalog Helping Family & Friends of Scam Victims The basics of relationship scams, what to look for, and how to help! A SCARS Topic Collection Information For The Friends & Family Of New Scam Victims Before and after the scam, the victim is going to be under strong manipulation and going to be confused, in denial, maybe angry, certainly traumatized, and you need [...]

For Family & Friends: How To Talk With Someone Suffering From Trauma

How To Talk With Someone Suffering From Trauma For Family & Friends A SCARS Insight - Psychology of Scams Trauma - Helping Family Or Friends Through It! It can be difficult to know how to help someone you love and care for when they have gone through a distressing or frightening event. It’s natural to want to make someone you love and care for feel better again, but it’s important [...]

Trauma-Induced Fear May Cause Paranoia

Trauma-Induced Fear May Cause Paranoia Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight How Trauma Can Cause Paranoia Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even milder forms of trauma has a variety of symptoms that present differently in each individual who has experienced a traumatic and life-altering event, such as a romance scam or other type of relationship fraud. Traumatic experiences lead to psychological trauma which can leave one feeling helpless and struggling [...]

Recovery from Scams – Article Catalog

Recovery from Scams - Article Catalog The Pathway for Recovering Scam Victims From the basics to self-help to moderated professional recovery! Learn what recovering from a relationship scam is all about! A SCARS Topic Collection After The Scam, Your Life Is In Chaos! Impulses Are Driving You In All Directions But There Is A Right Path For Scam Victims! After your scam, you have to gain enough control [...]