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SCARS™ Editorial: Let’s Talk About Black Vs. White In Scamming

SCARS™ Editorial: Let's Talk About Black Vs. White In Scamming Scammers Scam Every Race & Color They really do not care what race or ethnicity you are - you are just money to them! Well, most of the time. BUT IT IS ALMOST INEVITABLE It is almost inevitable that race comes into the conversation when talking about scamming since a majority of it originates with West Africans. Nigerians especially have perfected their models and have [...]

SCARS™ Guide: United States Crime Victims Rights & Assistance By State [UPDATED]

SCARS™ Guide: United States Crime Victims Rights & Assistance By State [UPDATED] Victims' Rights & Victims' Services by U.S. State Each state adopted a list of Victim's Rights following California's example in 1982 - the Bill of Rights for Victims, or "Marsy's Law."  Certain aspects of these rights, originally established for victims of violent crimes, also cover fraud victims; however, the list of rights differs from state to state. Many state victim services provide a [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Money Mule Series – Legal Responsibility

SCARS™ Guide: Money Mule Series - Legal Responsibility You Are Legally Responsible When You Cash Or Deposit A Draft Or Receive Funds Wired Into Any Of Your Accounts. YOU MAY BE BOTH CRIMINALLY AND CIVILLY LIABLE! What Is A Money Mule Nigerian (African), Asian, and Eastern European organized crime networks specialize in sending counterfeit checks and money orders to unsuspecting scam victims for the purpose of getting your money. They also [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Living In Denial – A Case In Point [VIDEOS]

SCARS™ Insight: Living In Denial - A Case In Point [VIDEOS] Sadly, A Substantial Number Of Scam Victims Simply Cannot Accept That They Were Scammed Over and over they have sent money to fake identities invented by scammers, but the compulsion to believe is so strong that they are incapable of accepting the truth. Unfortunately, short of hospitalization in a mental health facility, there is little that family and friends can do to convince them. [...]

SCARS™ Law Enforcement Action Against Scams: Operation WireWire

SCARS™ Law Enforcement Action Against Scams: Operation WireWire The United State Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Working with Partner Agencies Domestically and Around the World  in a Large-Scale Coordinated Effort to Dismantle International BEC Scams WireWire Operation Background: United States Federal authorities—including the Department of Justice and the FBI—announced in June 2018 the major coordinated law enforcement effort to disrupt international business e-mail compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers [...]

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Scam Obsession – Becoming Scam Junkie

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Scam Obsession - Becoming Scam Junkie Some Victims Replace The Obsession Of The Scam With Another Obsession About Scams Unfortunately, some scam victims simply cannot turn away from the scam once it has ended. Those Of Us That Assist Scam Victims Cannot Turn Away From Scams We are forced to deal with scams and scammers on a daily basis. We write about them, report scammers, and help victims. This activity [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side – Schadenfreude

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side - Schadenfreude For Many Years We Have Attempted To Understand The Obsessions Many Scam Victims Experience With Scammer Photos! Most victims, especially those that are still carrying substantial anger argue that they want to see scammer photos to avoid future scams. But there is something deeper in this replacement addiction - replacing the addiction of the scam for a new addiction (or obsession) with scammer photos. It [...]

SCARS™ Commentary: Impersonation Victims Blame Romance Scam Victims

SCARS™ Commentary: Impersonation Victims Blame Romance Scam Victims We All Know The The Face In The Photo Is A Victim Too! If so, why do so many scam victims harass them and invade their privacy?   Have You - A Romance Scam Victim - Considered The Other Guy? Have you considered how Impersonation Victims feel about the barrage of messages and contacts that they get from romance scam victims that fall in love with their [...]

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?   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 [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Jay Shetty on Letting Go! [Video]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Jay Shetty on Letting Go! [Video] Learning The Real Pain Of Holding On Is The First Step In Letting Go! If we don't heal the pain of our past we will bleed all over our future.   5 Ways to Let Go of Past Hurts from PshychoCentral: The only way you can accept new joy and happiness into your life is to make space for it. If your heart is filled [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: TEDed Introduction To Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [VIDEO]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: TEDed Introduction To Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [VIDEO] What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World [...]

SCARS Guide: Romance Scam Victims & PTSD

SCARS 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-tra