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 [...]

Spotting Ghana Scammers – Ghanaian Words & Phrases

Spotting Ghana Scammers - Ghanaian Words & Phrases Understanding Scammer Culture A SCARS Guide Most Victims Stay In A Scam Far Too Long! This is because while they suspect it is a scam, they do not have the confidence to cut it off. The reason that they lack confidence is partner because of the extended period of time they were being manipulated, and specifically Gaslighted to undermine their confidence. But [...]

Spotting Nigerian Scammers – Nigerian Phrases

Spotting Nigerian Scammers - Nigerian Phrases Understanding Scammer Culture A SCARS Guide Most Victims Stay In A Scam Far Too Long! This is because while they suspect it is a scam, they do not have the confidence to cut it off. The reason that they lack confidence is partner because of the extended period of time they were being manipulated, and specifically Gaslighted to undermine their confidence. But it is [...]

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 [...]

Common Health Scams – What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

Common Health Scams What You Don't Know Can Kill You A SCARS Insight Portions Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission Report All Fraud to the FTC Health Scams Not Only Steal Your Money But Affect Your Health! People spend billions of dollars a year on products and treatments in the hope of improving their health and fitness. But a lot of that money goes to companies that make fake claims [...]

Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home!

Nigerian Astronaut Lost In Space Believe It Or Not! Well, What Can We Say? Over the years we have seen countless Nigerian Scam Emails, but this is an award winner! The basic idea is that there is a Nigerian Astronaut forgotten in space for 30 YEARS! We will let you read this real Nigerian email for yourself: Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home Dr. Bakare Tunde – Astronautics Project [...]

New Crypto Payment Scam – A SCARS Alert

New Crypto Payment Scam A SCARS Alert How Scams Work! There's a New Spin On Scammers Asking People To Pay With Cryptocurrency. It involves an impersonator, a QR code, and a trip to a store (directed by a scammer on the phone) to send your money to them through a cryptocurrency ATM. It works like this: Someone might call pretending to be from the government, law enforcement, or a local utility [...]

Clone Investment Company Scams

Clone Investment Company Scams An Old Scam With A New Face A SCARS Insight - How Scams Work For Hundreds Of Years There Have Been Investment Scams - But Today's Scammers Have It Easier Than Ever! From Romance Scams to Straight Investment Scams - Scammers Are Cloning Company Websites Warning: Don’t fall victim to fraudulent investment opportunities Investment scams can be hard to spot. Every year, victims lose hundreds of [...]

Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. talks with P.J. (Peter) Rohall [PODCAST VIDEO]

Interview With P.J. Rohal [PODCAST VIDEO] On The Debby Montgomery Johnson "Stand Up Speak Up" Podcast - December 2, 2021 - Guest Hosted By Dr. Tim McGuinness, SCARS Director A SCARS Insight Interview A New Video from SCARS! A SCARS Insight Interview The World Of Cybercriminals & Scams Is Not What Many Tell You About Renowned global financial fraud expert P.J. Rohall speaks with Dr. Tim McGuinness during the "Stand [...]

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On Impersonation Scams

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Pivots In Major Change On Impersonation Scams This is the first significant action to help protect consumers since 2020 A SCARS Special Report On December 16, 2021 SCARS Was Invited By The U.S. Federal Trade Commission To Testify On that day, the FTC held a meeting to vote on new rulemaking to outlaw certain impersonation scams. SCARS was there in the meeting to support the new [...]

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 [...]

Threats And Your Local Risk

Threats And Your Local Risk What Are The Real Risks? A SCARS Guide Are You Worried That Scammers Will Come After You? We have heard from countless victims who truly feared for their lives! Almost always without real reason, but for every rule there are exceptions. Let's Break Down What Your Real Risks Are: It is important to understand that not all scammers or online criminals are African. Frankly, this [...]

Editorial – Scammer Threats – Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself! [UPDATED]

Scammer Threats Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself! A SCARS Editorial Being Threatened By Scammers - There Is Nothing To Fear Many Scam Victims Have Been Subjected To Threats From Scammers Many are still afraid of these threats! Just remember that scammers are liars - first, last, and everything in between. They lie about everything, even when you think they are confessing, it is a lie, designed to weaken you [...]

Threats From Scammers – Scam Basics [UPDATED]

Scammer Threats There Is Nothing To Fear, They Are Just More Lies! SCARS Scam Basics Have You Been Threatened By A Scammer? Don't Worry! What To Do When You Are Receiving Harmful Threats From Scammers By Phone Or Email Or Message! Types of Threats: Assassination/Murder Threats - They Are Going To Kill You! You Broke The Law Threat - You Are Involved - Complicity Extortion Threats Threats from scammers have [...]

Missing Persons Scam – How Scams Work

Missing Persons Scams How Scams Work A SCARS Special Report New Type of Cyber-Enabled Fraud - Missing Person Scams Scammers Target Families Who Post Missing Persons on Social Media You see it every day on Facebook or other social media platforms. A family member posts that their teenager has disappeared or senior parent has not returned from a trip out of the house. The goal, of course, is to crowdsource [...]

A Quick Way To Understand The Brain & Trauma [Infographic]

A Quick Way To Understand The Brain & Trauma [Infographic] Courtesy of NICABM A SCARS Psychology of Scams Insight An Infographic that Provides a Quick and Simple Way to Think about the Brain Could having a map of the brain help victims better understand the concepts of trauma and its effects on the brain? For example, just being able to show victims what part of the brain controls emotion, or [...]