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2022 Scam Update – A Podcast With Dr. Tim McGuinness And Debby Montgomery Johnson

2022 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. Update - A Podcast With Dr. Tim McGuinness And Debby Montgomery Johnson A Joint SCARS & Woman Behind The Smile Production Learn About What Is Goin On Out There! We discuss the latest trends in 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. and scammers, and also aspects of victim recovery. [...]

Thoughts About Boundaries

Thoughts About Boundaries Anti-Scam Wisdom A SCARS Commentary Scams Happen Because of Poor Boundaries & No Self Limits What Are Boundaries and Why Do I Need Them? A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. It separates your physical space, your feelings, [...]

The Bad News For 2021- An Editorial by Tim McGuinness Ph.D.

The Bad News Analysis For 2021 An Editorial by Tim McGuinness, Ph.D., SCARS Founder Presented by SCARS An Assessment Of Where We Are Now! By Dr. Tim McGuinness, November 11, 2021 I was part of several conference calls and presentations this last couple of weeks [...]

You Made A Mistake

You Made A Mistake An Editorial About Responsibility & Recovery A SCARS Commentary What Do We Mean By Saying That Every Victim Made A Mistake? You have all heard us say that the victim is not to blameBlame Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action., right? Yet we also say the victim [...]

SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting

SCARS Position Statement Against ScambaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting A Commentary On False Solutions April 2021 Regarding Recent Studies Of Scambaiting By Noted Academics Recently, two studies attempted to understand the phenomena of Scambaiting by vigilante anti-scam hater groups on Facebook and elsewhere. While the research [...]

Editorial – A Pandemic Insight

Editorial - A Pandemic Insight Scams & The Pandemic Are Similar! A SCARS Editorial CONSIDER ... Your scam and the pandemic are similar! Both isolate you Both feed off of your fear Both exist in a climate of misinformation and urban legends Both make you [...]

SCARS Commentary About Helping Victims

SCARS Commentary About Helping Victims Our Team Members Are Only Human Too. A SCARS Commentary About How Hard It Is To Help New Victims In Complete Panic One of the very hardest things for us is trying to help a 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? victim [...]

The Hardest Subject – The Truth

The Hardest Subject - The Truth Originally published in 2017 - Updated December 2020 When it comes to Romance Scams there is no ONE TRUTH There are actually FOUR TRUTHS The Victim's Truth The 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.'s Truth Law Enforcement's Truth Society's Truth What are these and why are they different? You, [...]

Guest Editorial: Michele’s Survivor Insight

Guest EditorialGuest Editorial A Guest Editorial is an article written by an outside contributor or author who is not a part of the SCARS Management or SCARS Editorial Team. We allow scam victims and stakeholders to contribute articles, commentary, or editorials for publication on RomanceScamsNOW.com for review and publishing. To submit an article please send it to contact@AgainstScams.org: Michele's SurvivorSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on Anyscam.com Insight A Romance Scam Victim's Insight After Recovery Michele went through the SCARS recovery program and has a couple of insights for victims that are struggling Hindsight is 20/20 By Michele I wanted to share how I now feel [...]

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again Here Is An Exercise In Understanding How Intuition (Or Your Gut) Is More Likely Wrong Than Right WATCH THIS VIDEO AND THEN READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE Was Your Intuition Right? The simple act of relying on your gut is by [...]

Amateur Facebook Anti-Scammers – SCARS™ Editorial

SCARS™ Editorial: Amateur Facebook Anti-Scammers WARNING: SO-CALLED REPORT SCAMMER PAGES/GROUPS ON FACEBOOK [lwptoc]   It Seems Like ... It seems like every minute someone creates another Facebook page or starts a group on Facebook about scammers. At least 5 were created just this morning! They all claim to be instant [...]

Why Report Scams? – SCARS™ Quick Commentary

SCARS™ Quick Commentary: Why Report Scams? WHY REPORT SCAMS? No one does anything and no one cares, right? WRONG! There are two Reasons for Reporting these crimes: So authorities know the true scope To relieve that burden from your soul! Reporting is important because only about 5% of scam victims report [...]

Remembering Boyati Miskun – SCARS™ In Memoriam

SCARS™ In Memoriam: Boyati Miskun Indonesian Worker Kills Self After Internet Lover Scammed Her From Our Archive: August 2015 Instead Of Finding Her Soulmate Online, She Lost $49,000 And Eventually Her Life. Indonesian domestic worker Boyati Miskun was found dead on July 22, hanging on the stairway in her employer’s [...]

This Article Was Removed At The Demand Of The Author

This Article Was Removed At The Demand Of The Author The author did not want our audience to have access to his article even though it was never copied onto our website (it was framed) and was displayed from the original source website in your browser. Ignorance is the defining characteristic of [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: A New Year’s Resolution!

SCARS™ Editorial: A New Year's Resolution PLEASE SHARE THIS Over the last four years, the SCARS' Board of Directors and their corporate sponsors have spent nearly a million U.S. Dollars on the operations of SCARS. Paying for employees, paying for offices and expenses, and most importantly building and maintaining the [...]

SCARS™ A 27 Year History Of Service To Scam Victims

SCARS™ A 27 Year History Of Service To Scam Victims Our founder Dr. Tim McGuinness first started tracking scams and scammers in 1991 on the old America Online before the web came into existence for all. Over the years this activity migrated from AOL onto TigerDirect.com (our founder was a co-founder [...]

RSN™ Commentary: Change In RSN Editorial Policy

RSN™ Commentary: Change In RSN Editorial Policy This week has been an interesting one on many levels. We have an attack by another anti-scam group supported by Facebook, we had an election that risks our progress against scammers, and one of our employees left our employment over hate and treats [...]

RSN™ Insight: Amateur Anti-Scam Group Distributing Fake News

RSN™ Insight: Amateur Anti-Scam Group Distributing Fake NewsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives. For Those That Follow Us And Have For Some Time, You Know We Are Highly Critical About Other Amateur Anti-Scam Groups! Many complain and ask us why we are hard on other groups? Why indeed? They argue that they are all contributing to [...]

SCARS™ Analysis Of 2017 – 2018 Scamming Seasons

SCARS™ Analysis Of 2017 - 2018 Romance Scamming Seasons Be watchful all year but especially in the fourth quarter SCARS™ Analysis shows that scamming peaks in the 4th calendar quarter of the year and is lowest during the summer. This is attributed to victims being on vacation in the summer [...]

Join SCARS Today! It’s Free & Easy To Apply.

Join SCARS Today! It's Free & Easy To Apply. Just Go To www.AgainstScams.org Together We Can Beat Them! Come and join the thousands of SCARS Members today! If you already joined SCARS then please send us your photo saluting? We will not display your name! Send it to contact@AgainstRomanceScams.org #Together #BeatScammers [...]

RSN™ Editorial: Don’t Waste Your Money On Private Detectives

RSN™ Editorial: Don't Waste Your Money On Private Detectives Scam Victim Advisory - Investigative Scams & Wasting Your Money There is a Private Investigation company called Trustify that is taking the money of scam victims to confirm that, yes, they are being scammed. Unfortunately, there are many investigative services that [...]

RSN™ Commentary: You Expected A List?

RSN™ Commentary: You Expected A List? Every New Victim Expects There To Be A List Of All Scammers, There Is Not. With over 1 billion fake identities online NO ONE has the resources to catalog more than 1% think about that, 1% is still 10 million fake identities! Reporting helps [...]

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

SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!

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 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 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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