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Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo – Hypnosis – Brainwashing

Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo - Hypnosis - Brainwashing The 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. A SCARS Insight Why Do Victims Want To Believe They Were Hypnotized Or Bewitched? Because It Can Be More Comforting Than The Alternatives A peculiar aspect of victim psychology after the 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. is the [...]

Scam Urban Legends: Anti-Scam Groups Are All Good? No!

Scam Urban Legends: Anti-Scam Groups Are All Good Helping To Set The Record Straight With thousands of amateur and pretend anti-scam groups on social media, many spread misinformation, fake newsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives., and urban legends, instead of the real situation and knowledge. These guides will help provide confirmed and correct information [...]

The 4 Myths Of Criminal Use Of Cryptocurrencies

The 4 Myths Of 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. Use Of Cryptocurrencies ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Urban Legends A SCARS Insight A Lot Of Urban Legends Are Spread About Criminals Using Crypto! However, as with all things, the truth is important. Here are the 4 main myths! Here is the reality from [...]

Scammers Visiting Their Victims – The Urban Legend & The Truth

Scammers Visiting Their Victims - The Urban LegendUrban Legend Urban Legend An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a genre of modern folklore comprising stories circulated as true, especially on social media. These legends can be entertaining but often concern serious topics. They may also be confirmation of moral standards, or reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties. Urban legends are most often circulated orally but can be spread by any media, including newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes and seem impervious to exposure as untrue. & The Truth Scam Urban Legends A SCARS Insight A Typical Scammer Threat Is To Come To Where The Victim Lives! But In Reality, This Is Just A Threat As a scam winds down and ends, scammers [...]

Personal Opinion vs. Professional Fact

Personal Opinion vs. Professional Fact WARNING: This will often you - if you think you know something that you don't! Opinions are like relatives, everyone has them! Just think about your crazy uncle and his opinions! This article is intended to help victims understand their own misguided opinions [...]

URBAN LEGENDS: Why Scammers Ask For Photos?

URBAN LEGENDS: Why Scammers Ask For Photos? Why are Scammers so aggressive about asking for a victim's photos? It is not what amateur groups tell you! This is all about the Psychology of Persuasion Establishing a pattern of YES before pushing for the [...]

SCARS™ Urban Legends: Do Something Useful With Their Lives!

SCARS™ Urban Legends: Do Something Useful With Their Lives! We hear it almost every day. A victim will comment as though asking a scammer "Why don't you do something useful for others?" This is not going to be a popular view since most victims want to vilify scammers as being [...]

SCARS™ Insights: Naming & Shaming Scammers!

SCARS™ Insights: Naming & Shaming Scammers! One of our scam victim's support groupSupport Group In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers. members asked a very important question: "IS IT POSSIBLE TO NAME AND SHAMEShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. THESE CRIMINALS PUBLICLY?" First, We Need To Ask The Question - Why Is This Important? To Victims? To Anyone? A very large percentage of [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Clones – Copying Profiles & Identities

SCARS™ Guide: Clones - Copying Profiles & Identities Cloning: Can My Real Grandmother Please Stand Up? Let The Scamming Begin! [lwptoc] Portions from Anonymous Most Of Us Have Heard Someone Say This: "Someone Cloned My Profile" And they alert you that their profile must have been cloned! (The other over [...]

RSN™ Insight: Understanding Nigeria – Understanding African Corruption

RSN™ Insight: Understanding Nigeria - Understanding African Corruption To Really Solve The Problem Of Nigerian Based Scamming We Need To Engage At Many Levels We need to engage at the international diplomatic level, at the global law enforcement level, but we also need to understand the inherent corruption of Nigeria, both [...]

Scammer Name-Calling – Please Just Stop It!

Scammer Name-Calling - Please Just Stop It! You Are Not Hurting Them, You Are Hurting Yourself! A SCARS Insight Why Stop Calling Scammers Names!? Calling Criminals Names Only Hurts Their Victims! We all see it all the time in the news, in commentary, [...]

RSN™ Special Report: Millennials Are Scammed More Often Than Parents

RSN™ Special Report: Millennials Are Scammed More Often Than Parents Millennials Scammed Out Of More Money Than Their Grandparents Move over, grandma and grandpa. Your Millennial grandkids reported losing money to financial 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. last year more than you did, new government data shows. In all, 40 percent of Americans in [...]

RSN™ Guide: What Really Is Western Union?

RSN™ Guide: What Really Is Western Union? The Western Union Company Is An American Financial Service And Communications Company Few know that it is also the World's Largest BANK, with branches in nearly 150 countries. Its North American headquarters is in Meridian, Colorado, although the postal designation of nearby Englewood [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Scam Baiting – Is A Waste Of Time!

SCARS™ Guide: Scam BaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting - Is A Waste Of Time! ScambaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting Is A Form Of Internet Vigilantism! It is where the anti-scam vigilante poses as a potential victim to the scammer in order to waste their time and resources, using their own lies and deception - acting just like a [...]

SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 9 – Victims Are Stupid?

SCARS™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 9 - Victims Are Stupid? Actually, yes, scam victims may have done something dumb, but they are almost never stupid! In fact, the vast majority of romance scams victims are above average intelligence It'S Fair To Wonder, Who Falls For This Stuff? "That's the magic question," [...]

Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 5 – Scammer Threats & Blackmail [UPDATED]

Scammer ThreatsScammer threats Very often when a scammer is not getting cooperation from a victim or the victim refuses to send money, the scammer will then resort to threats. These treats can be of physical violence or retaliation in one of several forms, such as doing or sextortion. African and Indian scammers routinely make treats at the end of a scam. They will threaten to expose intimate photos or chats. They may even threaten to kill or harm family members. It is important to remember that African and Indians scammers are professional liars - they tell stories to achieve a result - and do not waste time if it does not get them more money. Almost all such threats are just more lies meant to intimidate victims. Most victims are safe to ignore them. However, any victim that actually feels fear should contact their local police for advice. & Blackmail [UPDATED] Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 5 SCARS - How Scams Work Scammer Urban Legends: Scammer Threats & Blackmail Scammer Threats & Blackmail Are Real - Real Lies! Are They Coming To Get You? No Originally published January 2018, Updated September 2018 [...]

Scammer Urban Legends: It’s All About The Scammers

Scam Urban Legends: It's All About The Scammers Helping To Set The Record Straight With thousands of amateur and pretend anti-scam groups on social media, many spread misinformation, fake news, and urban legends, instead of the real situation and knowledge. These guides will help provide confirmed and correct information [...]

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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. counselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling. or therapy, qualified support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK
A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how 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? work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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