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Suggestibility & Scam Victims

Suggestibility & 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 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 It Is Important For Scam Victims To Better Understand Their Own Suggestibility Since It Influenced Not Only The Scam But Their Life After The Scam Let's Begin With What Suggestibility Is? Suggestibility is the quality [...]

Scam Victim Relapse

Scam Victim Relapse Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight About 5%-10% or More Scam Victims Will Be Scammed Again The very sad truth is that many scam victims are scammed over and over. Our analysis shows that the average is about 3.4 times. However, it [...]

Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo – Hypnosis – Brainwashing

Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo - Hypnosis - Brainwashing The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Why Do Victims Want To Believe They Were Hypnotized Or Bewitched? Because It Can Be More Comforting Than The Alternatives A peculiar aspect of victim psychology after the scam is the [...]

Signs of Good & Bad Scam Victim Emotional Health

Signs of Good & Bad Scam Victim Emotional Health The Psychology of Recovery A SCARS Insight After The Scam Ends, Victims Show Emotional Changes - Some Good And Some Bad Here Are Both Good And Bad Emotional States To Help You Self-Evaluate =========================== Signs of [...]

Victim Psychology – Managing Your Emotional 5 Saboteurs

Managing Your Emotional 5 Saboteurs Understanding Ways Victims Sabotage Their Recovery The Psychology of Recovery A SCARS Insight Scam Victims Often Sabotage Their Own Recovery After The Scam Ends - Victim Psychology To Successfully Recover It Is Important To Understand How This Happens When you [...]

Three Main Causes Of Anger In Scam Victims

Three Main Causes Of AngerAnger Anger, 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. In Scam Victims Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight In Our Experience, There Are Three Main Causes Of Anger In Scam Victims Anger is nothing unusual to scam victims. Almost every victim goes through the grief cycle and passes through [...]

Forgiveness For Scam Victims: Letting Go Of Hate And Bitterness

ForgivenessForgiveness What Is Forgiveness? Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. For Scam Victims: Letting Go Of Hate And Bitterness Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight Learning To ForgiveForgiveness What Is Forgiveness? Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Is Essential For Scam Victim Recovery When someone you care about hurts you (even if it is a 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. half a world away), you can hold [...]

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 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. 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 [...]

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 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.  : 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 [...]

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 Article Catalog Our Human Psychology Enables Us To Be Scammed! [...]

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 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 Updated August 2022 The Responsibility To Help Victims Understand The Mechanics Of Scams Many Times This Will Conflict With Their Beliefs A SCARS Insight Our Responsibility Is Sometimes To Deliver Hard Truths A Discussion About Impersonation Scams And [...]

Scam Victims & Traumatic Memories

Scam Victims & Traumatic Memories Traumatic memories are intensely powerful and come in two varieties The Impact On Scam Victims From Their Traumatic Memories Memories of trauma are unique because of how brains and bodies respond to threat Most of what you experience [...]

Scam Warning – Fake Psychologists & Therapists!

A New Romance Scam - Fake Psychologists & Therapists! Scammers recognize that scam victims are traumatized and now want to capitalize on that! Now We Have Fake Psychologists, Counselors, & Therapists! SCAM WARNING: No real psychologist or other mental healthMental health Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". According to WHO, mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others". From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines "mental health". professional is going [...]

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 denial? Why Do The Same Thing Again And Expect Different Results? [...]

A Scam Victim’s 7 Deadly Sins

A Scam Victim's 7 Deadly Sins After a scam, bad decision making continues and leads many victims in directions that may feel satisfying but delays or avoids recovery. Originally Published April 2019 - Updated January 2021 When Scam Victims Turn To The Dark [...]

Intervention For Relatives Of Scam Victims In Total Denial

Intervention for Relatives of Scam Victims in Total Denial For Families and Friends of Scam Victims A SCARS Guide A SCARS Guide: Intervention For Relatives Of Scam Victims In Total Denial Why Do Some People Refuse To Get It? INTRODUCTION This guide is intended for [...]

How To Confront A Scam Victim In Total Denial

How To Confront A Scam Victim In Total Denial For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims A SCARS Guide How To Confront A Scam Victim In Total Denial What To Say To A Romance Scam Addict In Denial IMPORTANT: If you are a victim and [...]

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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 trauma 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 scams 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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