What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? [Updated]

What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? A SCARS Insight Are You A Victim Or A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of scams for many years. We have had the benefit of expanding our knowledge by professionalizing our activities as registered crime victims' assistance and support providers, in applying victimology and [...]

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 used favorite term is "someone hacked by profile") The Urban Legend is that almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name have [...]

Darknet Cybercrime is Exploding in Southeast Asia

Darknet Cybercrime is Exploding in Southeast Asia Global Coordination On The Dark Web Is Enabling The Escalation Of Cybercrime! The United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime (UNODC) releases a new report on this important topic! UNODC Report: Darknet Cybercrime is on the Rise in Southeast Asia  25 February 2021 In a new report produced by The United Nations Drugs and Crime (UNODC) titled “Darknet Cybercrime Threats to [...]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late Tell Your Police About This Information - There May Be Options Interpol on Online Scams: It might not be too late to get your money back INTERPOL shows that taking action quickly can intercept funds lost to online financial fraud From denial to anger to acceptance, victims of financial fraud often go through grief and trauma when a scam [...]

Understanding Trauma Compulsions – Psychology of Scams

Understanding Trauma Compulsions - Psychology of Scams When exploring the psychology of scams it is essential to look deeply at trauma and its compulsions and how they manifest The Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma "Re-enactment, Revictimization, and Masochism" By Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD* Published in: Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Volume 12, Number 2, Pages 389-411, June 1989. SCARS Editor's Note: This research is not specifically [...]

Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Please Help Us Help Scam Victims Worldwide By Making A Small Donation To SCARS Your generous contribution of Just $5 will help us continue to educate & support the victims of relationship scams. You will be helping to support free scam avoidance education for adults & children, free victims' assistance & support, free victim recovery programs, real advocacy on behalf of victims, online crime prevention programs, and so much more that SCARS delivers. Click [...]

California Scammiest State In Nation

California Scammiest State In Nation [Infographic] Relationship Scams Now Estimated To Exceed US$700,000,000,000 Romance Scam Losses in California U.S.A. USD$450,482,128* In One Year 2018 California Reports: Nearly Half a Billion Dollars in losses from romance scams in 2018 alone for California! *Note: that is just what was reported to the police! Since only about 3% report these crimes, then the real total could be 30 times greater - over $15 Billion for California alone! That [...]

The New Order On The Internet & Product Safety – SCARS™ Safety

SCARS™ Safety: The New Order On The Internet & Product Safety We Have To Change Our Attitudes And Behaviors [lwptoc] In The Beginning In the days of AmericaOnline, Compuserve, Prodigy, and even the early days of the web in the 90s, it was all about exploring the amazing world online. You would reach out to complete strangers and develop incredible connections, making friends in the farthest corners of the globe. But Those Days Are Gone! [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: Are We Not All Tired Of The Outrage!?

SCARS™ Editorial: Are We Not All Tired Of The Outrage!? What Is Wrong With People Sometimes? [lwptoc]   Don't We Have Enough Rage And Hate In The World? When you are interacting with Scam Victims, the answer is always no. Because rage knows no limits When someone goes through the trauma of being a romance scam victim, after the shock and initial denial comes the anger. Anger at themselves, the scammer, the government, the money [...]

SCARS™ CURRENT ONLINE SCAMS THREAT INDEX

SCARS™ CURRENT ONLINE SCAMS THREAT INDEX Romance Scams 100 WARNING Scam danger at extreme levels - high probability of stranger contacts from all potential media - increased victimization Blackmail Scams 42 MODERATE Scam danger at moderate levels - significant probability of stranger contacts from all potential media - elevated victimization 419 Advance Fee Scams 24 CAUTION Scam danger at [...]

SCARS Advocacy – Meeting With Saudi Arabian Police

SCARS™ Advocacy Report: Saudi Arabia 2019 On March 27th 2019, an event was held by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi. This was to kick off their 2030 National Transformation Plan » for modernization. This was attended by our Chairman and one of our Board Members. Ministry of Culture Website » The first event was met with major fanfare (here is one of their press releases » the event [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]