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SCARS Webinar: Romance Scams Life Cycle – May 14, 2022

Romance ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Life Cycle SCARS Webinar May 14, 2022 Report The Crime You are the victim of organized transnational criminals! Take this seriously. The reason scams are so out of control is that only about 1% of victims report these crimes! [...]

Sharon Armstrong’s Story [VIDEO]

Sharon Armstrong's Story [VIDEO] The Story of a Romance ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Victims that became an Unwitting Drug MuleMule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes.! The Terrible Story of a SCARS Board Member The Sharon Armstrong Story Video An Episode of the "I Am Innocent" TV series - available on tubitv.com Sharon is [...]

FBI Valentine’s Day Scam Warning

FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. Valentine's Day Scam Warning Romance Scam Warning A SCARS Insight FBI Warns of Romance Scams Ahead of Valentine’s Day The FBI Columbia field office is warning the public about bad actors using romance scams ahead of Valentine’s Day. Romance scams occur when criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. actors [...]

Congratulations To The Victims Of The Dallas Scammers! This Scammer Received A 14 Year Sentence! [Part 1]

Congratulations To The Victims Of The Dallas Scammers! Part 1 This ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Received A 14 Year Sentence! SCARS Was There! A SCARS Advocacy Report A Week Ago Scam Victims Triumphed In Dallas Texas & SCARS Was Right There In The Court! EXCLUSIVE NEWS On October [...]

How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance Scam

How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance Scam About Romance Scams - How Scams Work A SCARS Insight How To Stop A Romance Scam In Its Tracks Millions of people go online in search of romance, and while it does work out for a [...]

The Pig Butchering Scam – The New Romance & Investment Scam Combination Sweeping The World

Pig ButcheringPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. Scams - The New Romance & Investment ScamInvestment Scam When a caller claims to have a promising investment opportunity that will help you get rich quick, it's likely a scam. Combination Sweeping The World An Evolution In Romance Scams A SCARS Insight Pig Butchering Scams? What is that? It is the New Combination of Romance Scams & Investment ScamsInvestment Scams When a caller claims to have a promising investment opportunity that will help you get rich quick, it's likely a scam. This new variation of scams began [...]

2020 Scams Hit New Records – Millions More Victims

2020 Scams Hit New Records - Millions More Victims New Data Shows 2020 Was a Pandemic In Scams A SCARS Special Report 2020 Was The Year Scams Exploded Everywhere! Of Course, It Was Because Of The Pandemic! People are isolated. Shut-in and alone. [...]

The Refugee Romance Scam – How Scams Work

The Refugee Romance Scam How Scams Work A SCARS Series No Situation Is Safe From Scams - Syria & Other Refugees Are No Exception In a classic case of “social engineeringSocial Engineering Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests."” scammers are using the Syrian refugee crisis to scam people out of [...]

Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests

Scam GroomingGrooming Grooming is a form of setting up a victim for a scam or other crime by befriending and establishing an emotional connection with the victim, and sometimes the family, to lower the victim's inhibitions with the objective of the scam or criminal activity.  Grooming includes the development of a trust relationship between the criminal and the victim, getting the victims to the point where they can be more completely manipulated.  : Finding Common Interests Scammer Techniques & Methods A SCARS Insight Scammers Know How To Groom You! They Begin To Hook You With Common Interests Scammers Know How To Start A Conversation With You And Spark A Friendship From your religion, hobbies, [...]

Robert Hyde – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women: Robert Hyde Retired U.S. Army Sargeant Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated [...]

Impersonation Victim Robert Hyde Speaks Out [VIDEO]

Impersonation VictimImpersonation Victim An impersonation victim is someone who has had their identity or images used by someone who imitates or copies their identity to scam or defraud another. This is a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of this victim, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or gaining property from someone else. Robert Hyde Speaks Out [VIDEO] Exclusive Interview With SCARS Directors Debby Montgomery Johnson & Dr. Tim McGuinness A SCARS Official Video • See More SCARS Videos Here • See More SCARS Videos on YouTube TAGS: [...]

The Term “CATFISH” – Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims

The Term "CATFISHCatfish Catfishing, as it is commonly used, is a descriptive term for an activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking or dating service, usually targeting a specific kind of victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish-fulfillment (as it was originally coined).  The term is now considered a derogatory term as it was originally coined to describe scams by women against men," - Is An Insult To Romance Scams Victims It Is Actually A Derogatory Term Against Women We have often been asked why we do not use the term Catfish? The term "Catfish" is an insult to the victims of this [...]

5 Steps For Rebuilding Trust In A Marriage Following A Romance Scam

5 Steps For Rebuilding Trust In A Marriage Following A Romance Scam Information For Married Relationship ScamRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? Victims If You Are Married And Lured In Your Whole Marriage Is In Doubt Ironically, most married scam victims were not looking for an internet affair! They were manipulated into it! [...]

Romance Scams And Risk Of Divorce

Romance Scams And Risk Of Divorce When A Married Person Is Scammed It Can Lead To Divorce Does Being A Scam Victim Lead To Increased Risk Of Divorce What Are The Probable Outcomes For Married Romance Scams Victims? Extensive research has been conducted [...]

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Heidi Romanova

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Heidi Romanova Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying [...]

You Have Been Scammed – So Back To Online Dating

You Have Been Scammed - So Back To Online Dating After A Bad Experience, Many Victims Return To Online Dating Expecting Different Results Is this realistic or continued cognitive biases, or even denialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.? Why Do The Same Thing Again And Expect Different Results? [...]

Fake Valentines Quick Check List

Fake Valentines Quick Check List You will be contacted by strangers and they will be scammers! Count on it! Valentine's Day Is Here Again This is one of the two main peaks for romance scam activities a year! Here is a quick checklist [...]

Natasha Nice Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men : Natasha Nice Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying [...]

David Cecil Patch Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Women : David Cecil Patch Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to [...]

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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. counselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling. or therapy, qualified support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK
A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal
SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims
SCARS CHERRY BOOK - A Guide To Understanding Your Fear
SCARS WORKBOOK - 8 Steps To Improvement
SCARS WORKBOOK - Understanding Self-Blame, Guilt, and Shame
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