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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Interview Scam – Scammers Get Smarter

The Interview Scam - Scammers Get Smarter Fake Press Interviews A SCARS Insight Scammers Evolve Their Craft Constantly, Looking For New Ways To Capture Victims! A New Technique Has Emerged That Is Proving All Too Easy! Fake Media/Press Interviews! In recent months we have seen several new approaches used by experienced scammers: Victims Support Infiltration Scams Fake Anti-Scam Experts And Now, Fake Press or Media Interviews of Victims Fake Press/Media [...]

The Greatest Achievement of Social Engineering

The Greatest Achievement of Social Engineering: Santa Claus! An Example of How Social Engineering is Used on Us All! A SCARS Insight Social Engineering Is The Science Of Manipulating Human A Brief History Social engineering is a top-down effort to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale—most often undertaken by governments, but also carried out by media, academia, or private groups—in order to produce desired results in [...]

Scam Victims Are Not Suckers!

SCAM VICTIMS ARE NOT SUCKERS! A Message To Scam Victims A SCARS Insight The Terms We Use In Communications & Support Of Scam Victims Matters! If We Allow Ourselves To Use Derogatory Terms, What Is That Saying About Us? There are countless numbers of so-called "anti-scam" groups on social media and elsewhere. Many groups delight in telling you that you are on a "Sucker's List." Think about that term and [...]

European Money Mule Crackdown Continues in 2021!

European Money Mule Crackdown Continues in 2021! Law Enforcement Tolerance For Mules Declines Each Year! A SCARS Insight European Money Mule Action Leads To 1,803 Arrests International anti-money mule operation leads to 1,803 arrests & the identification of 18,000 money mules. The action was coordinated by Europol in cooperation with 27 countries across the globe, Eurojust, INTERPOL, the European Banking Federation, and the FinTech FinCrime Exchange. Results From This Operation: [...]

Where Do Romance Scammers Find You?

Where Do Romance Scammers Find You? Scammers target Facebook buy and sell, and other groups for new victims! A SCARS Insight Facebook Groups Is Where They Find You! There are, of course, many places where they find you but Facebook is a prime choice! How Many Scammers Are In Your Facebook Groups? If you belong to any type of a BUY & SELL or DEALS Group on Facebook you are [...]

SCARS Insight Interview: Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. talks with Brett Johnson [VIDEO]

Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. talks with Brett Johnson [VIDEO] About Scams & Cybercrimes In Today's World SCARS Insight Interview A New Video from SCARS! A SCARS Insight Interview The World Of Cybercriminals & Scams Is Not What Many Tell You About It is a world of both professionals and services that allow almost anyone to become a cybercriminal with ease. Hear about this world as SCARS' Managing Director Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. [...]

Why People Blame Victims?

Why People Blame Crime Victims? The Just-World Phenomena A SCARS Insight This Is Called The Just-World Phenonema  Why We Blame Victims In Order To Rationalize Why Bad Things Happen? According to VeryWellMind.com: The just-world phenomenon is the tendency to believe that the world is just and that people get what they deserve. Because people want to believe that the world is fair, they will look for ways to explain or rationalize [...]