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A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims.
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Psychological Shock - After A ScamScamA 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. & In The Future The Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of ScamsPsychology 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. 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 [...]
Really Understanding Your AngerAngerAnger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, trigger, hurt or threat. About one-third of scam victims become trapped in anger for extended periods of time following a scam.
A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion that triggers a part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically.
Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability.! Scam Victim Anger Works Against Recovery A Full Third Of Scam Victims Lose Themselves To Anger After The Discovery Anger is a normal part of the grief cycle but it easily gains control and prevents a victim's ability to move forward [...]
Psychology of Scams: When Panic Sets In You just found out about your scam, what happens next can lead to panic! After a Scam Stability Can Be a Rubberband! After the scam, a typical victim is in shock, but denialDenialDenial 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. quickly sets in. [...]
Stages Of A Victim’s Experience Without Support After a scam, scam victims experience several states - this is a different view of that experience from the grief-cycle or stages of recovery. This summary of these stages refers to the scam victim's experience without support, counselingCounselingCounseling 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. • Minimization and [...]
SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: How TraumaTraumaEmotional 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. Can Impact Four Types of Memory [InfographicInfographicInfographics (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.] Trauma Can Have A Profound Impact On A Person’S Memory And Traumatic Memory Can Affect Not Only The Brain, But Also The Body And Nervous System As Well. But conceptualizing how trauma can impact the different types [...]
SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: What Drives Us To Be Scammed Every Minute, Every Day, Throughout Our Lives We Rush Headlong From One Scam To Another [lwptoc] Why Are We Scammed? Because we are emotional beings who want for things we do not have. It really is that simple. Marketers, salespeople, [...]
SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Hate As A Coping Mechanism After A Romance Scam Comes Anger Against Scammers, But When It Turns To Hate A Victim May Turn Away From Normal Recovery [lwptoc] Self-Hate, And By Extension Hate For The ScammerScammerA 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. And Others Is The Most Dangerous Coping Mechanism Coping mechanisms [...]
Confronting Scammers & The Guilt Or Flip Scam It Is A Bad Idea To Confront Them When You Catch Them! What Happens When You Confront Your Scammer? A SCARS Guide They Lie Of Course! But It Is Not Wise To Call Them Out [...]
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 [...]
SCARS™ Special Report: ScambaitingScam BaitingA 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 - You are Only Hurting Yourself Continuing The Discussion On Scambaiting [lwptoc] Scam BaitingScam BaitingA 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 Is Where A Victim Or Other Person Engages In Deception And In Some Cases Actual Online FraudFraudIn 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. Lying To A Scammer For "Fun" The mistaken ideas are that it either wastes the [...]
SCARS™ Editorial: Call It What It Is! Abusing Words Abuses Victims Unintentionally! Over the years helping victims of real scamsScamsA 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., we constantly see people (including victims) throwing around the term SCAM and SCAMMING for the most inaccurate purposes. Not everything you don't like is a scam. As "Scam Victims" you [...]
Scam Victim Selfishness A SCARS Guide to the Psychology of Scams Not all selfishness is bad, as you will discover in this guide! Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Selfishness A Common BehaviorBehavior
Behavior / Behavioral Actions
Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. That Leads To Romance Scams? Is One Of The Primary Motivations [...]
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