Scam Victim Selfishness – A Common Behavior That Leads To Romance Scams?

Scam Victim Selfishness A SCARS Guide to the Psychology of Scams Not all selfishness is bad, as you will discover in this guide! Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Selfishness A Common Behavior That Leads To Romance Scams? Is One Of The Primary Motivations For Falling For Scams Based Upon Selfishness? This article will be hard to read and at times it will make you angry. Please read the [...]

Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else!

Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else! The More You Keep It Bottled Up, The More Your Trauma Will Progress Eventually, it can develop into full Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Keeping Your Scam Secret Will Only Increase Your Trauma Why Scam Victims Don’t Disclose Being A Victim Being a scam victim is often not disclosed to anyone for many years. Some people may never [...]

Guilt vs. Shame – Understanding [INFOGRAPHIC]

Guilt vs. Shame - Understanding Shame has long been viewed as “the toxic cousin of guilt,” but it has benefited us over evolution. Shame and guilt are functionally designed to protect us against harming those who are dear to us and to make us behave better in the future Understanding The Mechanisms of Guilt & Shame Guilt And Shame Are Among The Most Painful Human Emotions No one [...]

Psychology of Scams: When Panic Sets In

Psychology of Scams: When Panic Sets In You just found out about your scam, what happens next can lead to panic! After a Scam Stability Can Be a Rubberband! After the scam, a typical victim is in shock, but denial quickly sets in. But if it is not brought under control then panic can be the result! Everyone understands grief, but scam victims are frequently in shock after [...]

Are Victims Fraudsters Too?

Are Victims Fraudsters Too? Here is a question to ask yourself: Did you commit fraud while you were scammed? Did you lie to others to get money to send the scammer? Did you lie to others to send money to your scammer? You do not need to respond to this post if you do not want to. But just answer it for yourself honestly! This is one of those very difficult questions that eats at [...]

Stages Of A Victim’s Experience Without Support

Stages Of A Victim’s Experience Without Support After a scam, scam victims experience several states - this is a different view of that experience from the grief-cycle or stages of recovery. This summary of these stages refers to the scam victim's experience without support, counseling, or therapy. • Minimization and Denial The victim denies the seriousness of the situation and excuses the abuser or calls them names: “He is stupid. He is scum. It didn’t [...]

Being Aware Of Scam Victim Suicide Risk

Being Aware Of Scam Victim Suicide Risk A SCARS Guide As with anyone who has been traumatized and dealt a devastating blow in their life, scam victims experience all of the depression and negative behavioral impact of anyone in similar situations. It is important to recognize that suicide is a real risk for scam victims. SCARS Estimates That Between 12 - 20 Victims Commit Suicide A Day! The following article from Healthline.com provides the necessary [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Psychology Of The Online Dating Romance Scams – A Research Report [PDF]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Psychology Of The Online Dating Romance Scams - A Research Report [PDF] The Psychological Consequences Of Being A Victim Of The Online Dating Romance Scam Research Undertaken at The University of Leicester This report summaries a year-long project, led by Professor Whitty, which examined the online dating romance scam. The three main aims of the project were to: identify psychological characteristics of individuals which raise their risk of becoming victims; examine [...]

SCARS™ Insight: The “Pig Pen” Syndrome

SCARS™ Insight: The "Pig Pen" Syndrome "SHIT HAPPENS" IS THE OLD SAYING Sometimes It Happens A Lot And Doesn't Stop - Did You Ever Think You Might Be The Cause? Some people believe in the Karmic Wheel, but while that may influence luck on a long-term scale, it probably is not the cause. Pig Pen from the Peanuts The Cause Is What We Call The "Pig Pen Syndrome." "Pig-Pen" is a major male character [...]

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Hate As A Coping Mechanism

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Hate As A Coping Mechanism After A Romance Scam Comes Anger Against Scammers, But When It Turns To Hate A Victim May Turn Away From Normal Recovery [lwptoc] Self-Hate, And By Extension Hate For The Scammer And Others Is The Most Dangerous Coping Mechanism Coping mechanisms are strategies and behaviors that are carried out to mitigate, manage or adapt to anything that causes distress. AFTER A ROMANCE SCAM, THERE IS CERTAINLY [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Reciprocity Rule & Scams

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Reciprocity Rule & Scams Definition Of Reciprocity In social psychology, reciprocity is a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions, they are frequently much nastier and even brutal. [lwptoc] Reciprocity is also a technique of Social Engineering. [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: What Drives Us To Be Scammed

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: What Drives Us To Be Scammed Every Minute, Every Day, Throughout Our Lives We Rush Headlong From One Scam To Another [lwptoc] Why Are We Scammed? Because we are emotional beings who want for things we do not have. It really is that simple. Marketers, salespeople, politicians, and scammers - wait, it there any difference between them? They are all selling us something we long for. Every Day We Are Scammed [...]