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What Does Recovery Mean For A Scam Victim? A SCARS|RSN™ Guide

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: What Does Recovery Mean For A Scam Victim? What Does It Mean to Be "In Recovery"? In this article, we are going to talk about recovery, as in recovery after a scam. In Our Use, We Mean That Recovery Is A Process However, because scams are complex in that they involve psychological traumatization (as a victim), involve addiction (as in the mental addiction to the scam); and the financial difficulty of both financial [...]

RSN Guide: Romance Scam Victims & PTSD

RSN Guide: Romance Scam Victims & PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Can Affect Romance Scam Victims After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, [...]

RSN™ Anti-Scam Alert: Savior Victims

RSN™ Anti-Scam Alert: Savior Victims One of the things that happens to some victims is they develop a kind of messiah complex - a necessity or mania to help other victims - meaning they think that only they can save others. They become a kind of collector going around and gathering other souls so they can save them. They join anti-scam groups to "help" them but actually have no training in victims' support or related [...]

RSN™ ScamTV™ Video: Unbroken

RSN™ ScamTV™ Video: Unbroken If You Are A Scam Victim You Must Watch This Video Getting up after a scam is incredibly hard, but you have to do it. You have to stand up and continue, otherwise, the scammer wins! Don't stay down. Don't let them beat you and steal from you your will, your future, your happiness. Don't give up. You can make it through this! We know because we have helped [...]

The Scam Victim’s Mantra

The Scam Victim's Mantra In Order To Recover From Your Scam You Must Change That Part Of You That Allowed It In The First Place! We have prepared a mantra for you that you can repeat to yourself when you feel your emotions boiling to the surface. I Am Imperfect I Am Human I Was Foolish And It Cost Me I Wanted To Believe But Was Lied To I Know Better Now I Am Learning More And [...]

RSN™ Guide: Hate Who Your Scammer Is

RSN™ Guide: Hate Who Your Scammer Is We Have A Few Serious Questions For Scam Victims: Do You Know Who Your Scammer Is? Do You Hate Your Scammer? Can You Ever Forgive Your Scammer? When You Say You Can't Forgive Your Scammer, Do You Even Know Who Your Scammer Is? For most of you (especially victims of African Scammers), the answers are NO! You do not really know who your scammer is or was. For [...]

RSN™ Guide: Sharing Your Scam Story

RSN™ Guide: Sharing Your Scam Story BE CAREFUL! Recently a series of incidents occurred where victims have come forward to speak with the press and others and it resulted in serious consequences for the victim. We are not going to disclose the details or the identities of the victims involved. However, the consequences of "coming out" can be life-changing and it is not something to consider lightly. FIRST: We Recommend Sharing Your Story Sharing your story [...]

Being A Scam Victim & Getting Support

Being A Scam Victim & Getting Support Being A Victim Of A Romance Scam Is A Terrible Experience Things are fine while the relationship is going on. Of course, there are things that disturbed you but you are at least you were fully invested and and being fully manipulated into the distractions that scammer provides. But once it is over you are in shock and traumatized. You Are Not Going To Be A Happy Camper But [...]

RSN™ Guide: Victim Bashing or Blaming

RSN™ Guide: Victim Bashing or Blaming Victim Blaming or Bashing - The SCARS View Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially at fault for the harm that befell them. The study of Victimology seeks to mitigate the perception of victims as responsible. There is a greater tendency to blame victims of rape or romance scams than victims of robbery if victims and perpetrators know each other. Hey, Don't Blame The Victim! [...]

RSN™ Guide: Romance Scam Delusion

RSN™ Guide: Romance Scam Delusion DISCLAIMER: The following is intended for informational and educational entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to be used in any way to diagnose a mental illness. All such diagnosis must be performed by a licensed doctor or psychologist. If you feel any portion of this may be applicable to you, consult a licensed doctor immediately for proper evaluation and diagnosis. de·lu·sion dəˈlo͞oZHən/ noun An idiosyncratic belief or impression that [...]

Scam Trauma Syndrome [STS]

Scam Trauma Syndrome [STS] An Exploration of the Psychological Effects of a Romance Scam on its Victim A Whitepaper By Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. Scam Trauma Syndrome is a term that we have termed at the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] for the trauma that Romance Scam Victims experience as a result of their scam discovery, it is based (in part) upon the extensive research and awareness of a similar type of trauma called Rape Trauma Syndrome and [...]

Información Sobre Estafas Y Recursos Para Víctimas En Español

Información Sobre Estafas Y Recursos Para Víctimas En Español Lo sentimos por tu experiencia Nuestra organización tiene muchas páginas de Facebook y grupos de apoyo en español. Serían un mejor recurso para que lo ayude a comprender y recuperarse de su estafa. Estas son páginas de educación e información sobre estafas y estafadores: Aquí está nuestro grupo de apoyo para víctimas de estafa en español:   Informações sobre golpes e [...]

Help Hotlines: When You Need To Talk To Someone

When You Need To Talk To Someone You Need To Do It Now! Write This Number Down: 1-800-273-8255 For The U.S. & Canada See Below For Other Countries! Whenever you feel like things are too much for you we want you to give them a call, or they can give you a local number. These are people you can trust! Do not be put off - talk to someone now if you need it. They will [...]

WARNING: Anti-Scam “Counseling”

WARNING: Anti-Scam “Counseling” What About Counseling? We are beginning to see more anti-scam groups claim they offer "Counseling" services of one type or another. You should be aware that all "counseling" is regulated and licensed in North America and Europe, and many other countries as well. Groups that have used that word, regardless of their intention are offering an unlicensed service and are breaking the law, and subject to criminal investigation and prosecution. BUT WHAT [...]

RSN™ Guide: Saving Scammers’ Current Victims

Saving Scammers' Current Victims It Starts With You! Victims are everywhere! Scammers are everywhere! When you find a scammer profile you will see people commenting or friending that profile. These are men or women who are believing that the face in the photo is real. These are either already victims (and may just not know it yet) or are just waiting to be scammed. You can do something about this! It is very simple! It [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 3 – It’s All About The Scammers

SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 3 - It's All About The Scammers Originally published December 2017, updated January 2019 This article is about posting scammers - exposing them online. This is not the shame as reporting them. Reporting scammers is essential and it is making a differrence, here we are talking about posting photos online to shame or expose the scammers! Posting Scammer Photos One of the things you notice immediately with most "anti-scam" groups on [...]

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