SCARSSCARSSCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
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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Victim Vulnerability After The 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. - Physical Risks 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. A SCARS Insight Scam Victim Warning: Something We Have Never Talked About! VULNERABILITY AFTER THE SCAM You have probably never considered this, but you are potentially in physical danger after your scam ends. [...]
Scam Victim GroomingGroomingGrooming 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 Scams 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 [...]
A Quick Way To Understand The Brain & 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. [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.] 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 EngineeringSocial EngineeringSocial 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 [...]
Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests 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. 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, [...]
What Drives People To Be RomanceScammed? The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Why Do People Accept 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.? What We Are Really Asking Is Why People Believe In Fantasies? What is it about us humans that we are so willing to believe a fairytale? Yet, [...]
Confirmation BiasConfirmation biasThis cognitive bias is favoring information that conforms to your existing beliefs and discounting evidence that does not conform. - Letting Your Desires Control What You See! The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Your Psychology Works Against You And Most People Tend To See What They Want To See! Scam Victims Are Expertly Manipulated During The Course Of Their Romance Scam [...]
Cognitive Distortions The Psychology Of Scams A SCARS Insight What Is A Cognitive Distortion? A cognitive distortion is an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern involved in the onset and perpetuation of psychopathological states, especially those more influenced by psychosocial factors, such as depression and anxiety, or in this case a psychological manipulation [...]
Romance Scam VictimizationVictimizationVictimization (or victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. The field that studies the process, rates, incidence, effects, and prevalence of victimization is called victimology. A SCARS Psychology of Scams Insight Romance & Relationship ScamRelationship ScamA 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? Victimization Victimization (or Victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. Research that studies the process, rates, incidence, and prevalence of victimization is called VictimologyVictimologyVictimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements.. vic·tim·i·za·tion ˌviktəməˈzāSH(ə)n,ˌviktəˌmīˈzāSH(ə)n/ [...]
Romance Scams And Addiction The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Being Scammed Is Often Also A Form Of Addition One of the things that surprised us early on, was how similar the response of victims was to SUBSTANCE ADDICTION For some, online dating and [...]
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