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Scam Victim Grooming – Turning On The Instant Emotions

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. Victim 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.   - Turning On The Instant Emotions The Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them. A SCARS Insight Grooming - Dominating Through Manipulation When grooming is discussed, it’s often in the context of adults using the manipulation tactic to abuse and exploit children. However, children are not [...]

Sharon Armstrong’s Story [VIDEO]

Sharon Armstrong's Story [VIDEO] The Story of a Romance Scam 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 [...]

A Quick Way To Understand The Brain & Trauma [Infographic]

A Quick Way To Understand The Brain & 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. [InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations.] 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 [...]

The Greatest Achievement of Social Engineering

The Greatest Achievement 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.": 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 [...]

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam Manipulation & Control Often Include Abuse! SCARS Advocacy A Romance Scam Is A Form Of Violence There Is Also True Psychological & Emotional Abuse! As any scam victim can tell you, their scam left them profoundly changed. [...]

After A Scam, No One Can Tell You How You Will React

After A Scam, No One Can Tell You How You Will React Trauma and the Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Victim Trauma Response After The End Of 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? Is Complex It is always important to remember that trauma does not always manifest [...]

Living under Manipulation for Too Long Leaves Victims …

Living under Manipulation for Too Long Leaves Victims ... An Exploration of the Short-Term & Long-Term Effects of Long-Term 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? A SCARS Insight into the Psychology of Scams What Does Extending Exposure To 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. Manipulation Do To Victims? Long-Term Scams Can Have Very [...]

How To Know If You Are In Scam or Recovery Denial?

How To Know If You Are In Scam or Recovery 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.? Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight How to Know if I’m in 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. About Your Scam? Waking up day in and day out afraid or angry or refusing to deal with the [...]

Synthetic Identity Fraud — Hurts Real People

Synthetic Identity FraudSynthetic identity fraud Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. — Hurts Real People The New Battle In Financial FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. A SCARS Insight “Fake” Synthetic IdentitiesSynthetic identity Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. Hurt Real People According to Sontiq: Over the last few years, synthetic identity fraud has taken off. Once considered a complex and expensive crime to [...]

The Fear of Missing Out and Romance Scams

The Fear of Missing Out and Romance Scams The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight The Grass Is Always Greener - Except When It's Fake! Did FOMOFOMO FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is really nothing more than viewing the distant grass as greener than the lawn you’re standing on. It is anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a social anxiety stemming from the belief that others might be having fun while the person experiencing the anxiety is not present. It is characterized by a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. FOMO is also defined as a fear of regret, which may lead to concerns that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, a memorable event, or a profitable investment.[5] It is the fear that deciding not to participate is the wrong choice. Get You Too? FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is really nothing more than viewing the distant [...]

Scam Grooming: Using Persuasion To Establish Rapport

Scam Grooming: Using Persuasion To Establish Rapport The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Scammers Are Very Clever And Precise In Their Use Of Personal Language & Persuasion Using The Power Of Persuasion To Groom Scam Victims It seems strange to think of [...]

Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests

Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests 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. 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, [...]

Psychology of Scams – Article Catalog

Psychology of Scams The How & Why of Scam Psychology From Approach & Selection to Capture & Grooming, to Manipulation & Containment! Learn the answers to why this happened to someone like You! A SCARS Topic Collection Our Human Psychology Enables Us To [...]

Psychological Shock – After A Scam & In The Future

Psychological Shock - After A Scam & In The Future The Psychology of Scams By SCARS How To Deal With Unexpected Traumatic Events Psychological shock is when you experience a surge of strong emotions and a corresponding physical reaction, in response to a [...]

Dissociative Amnesia – Psychology of Scams

Dissociative Amnesia Dissociative Amnesia Occurs When A Person Blocks Out Certain Traumatic Memories SCARS Psychology of Scams Dissociative Amnesia Dissociative Amnesia occurs when a person blocks out certain information, often associated with a stressful or traumatic event, leaving the person unable to remember [...]

Sadness & Scam Recovery

Sadness & Scam Recovery SCARS Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Are You Sad? Being unwilling to experience sadness can hold you back from recovering after a romance scam. But if you can experience it & share it you can move forward! About Sadness Sadness [...]

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 [...]

Doxing – A Kind of Terrorism or Cyberbullying?

DoxingDoxing DOXING Doxing is the willful disclosure of personal information with the intent to cause harm to the person DOXED. Doxing is a form of cyber harassment. Personal information online is common, however, with the Internet being so prevalent. Many records are found online, such as, voting, property ownership, even bankruptcies, and new business filings. - A Kind of Terrorism or CyberbullyingCyberbullying Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyber harassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital universe has expanded and technology has advanced. Cyberbullying is when someone bullies or harasses others on the internet and other digital spaces, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information (Doxing), or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to emotional harm. Victims of cyberbullying may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and various negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, depressed, or PTSD.? Having Private Information Exposed By Someone To Hurt You! A SCARS Special Report There Are A Lot Of Despicable Things Done Online Many Are Intended Just To Hurt You Some are [...]

The Challenges In Supporting Impersonation Scam Victims

The Challenges In Supporting ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of 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 another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Scam Victims The Responsibility To Help Victims Understand The Mechanics Of Scams Many times this will conflict with their beliefs Our Responsibility Is Sometimes To Deliver Hard Truths A Discussion About Impersonation Scams And Accepting The Reality Of [...]

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 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! [...]

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