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New Scam Victim’s Financial Survival

New 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's Financial Survival A Guide for recent Scam Victims on managing their finances after a scam This is not intended to replace professional financial advice. Please see a licensed financial professional before acting on any financial decisions. A SCARS Guide After Your Scam, [...]

Deborah – A Romance Scam Victim’s Story

Deborah - A Romance Scam Victim's Story SCARS Scam Victims' Assistance & Support Every Romance Scam Victim Faces An Uphill Battle After Their Scam Most victims face 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. that can last indefinitely if they do not find proper professional support. SCARS recommends that all relationship [...]

What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? [Updated]

What Is The Difference? Between A Scam Victim And A Scam 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? A SCARS Insight Are You A Victim Or A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of 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. for many years. We [...]

SCARS Fully Supports Deaf  & Disabled Scam Victims

SCARS Fully Supports Deaf  & Disabled Scam Victims SCARS Supporting Victims Everywhere SCARS Fully Supports Deaf  & Disabled Scam Victims People with disabilities and Deaf people are victims of crime at three times the rate of people without disabilities. They also experience some of the [...]

How You Think & Talk About Your Scam Affects Your Recovery

How You Think & Talk About Your Scam Affects Your Recovery The SCARS Scam Victim Recovery Program A SCARS Insight Many Scam Victims Want To Desperately Cling To The Fake Relationship, Rather Than Just Let Go For many traumatized scam victims, this is an avoidance [...]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late [UPDATED]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late To Recovery Your Money Tell Your Police About This Information - There May Be Options A SCARS Special Report Interpol on Online Scams: It might not be too late to get your money back INTERPOL shows [...]

A Simple Lesson About Scammers

A Simple Lesson About Scammers Learning to Recover from Romance Scams SCARS Scam Victim Recovery Program The Lesson For Today About Scammers & Emotions The lesson we ask you to learn recently is that scammers are no different than any predatory animal. They don't care [...]

Scam Victim’s Guide To Overcoming Fear & Anxiety

Scam Victim’s Guide To Overcoming Fear & Anxiety A New Addition To The SCARS Recovery Program Books SCARS Publishing Book SCARS Wrote The Book On Scam Victim Recovery! In addition to the massive information published here on RomanceScamsNOW.com – free for all scam victims, families, and friends [...]

Victim Expectations And Recovery Failure

Victim Expectations And Recovery Failure How Victims Can Sabotage Their Recoveries With Unrealistic Expectations A SCARS Scam Victim Recovery Insight Setting Your Expectations To Fail? Many Victims Do Just That! Expectations guide your progress in recovery from your scam, but having unrealistic expectations during the [...]

Loneliness – Before And After The Scam

Loneliness - Before And After The Scam 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 Loneliness Can Lead You Into Scams And Prevent You From Recovering We have noted over the years that many (most) scam victims talk about being vulnerable to a romance scam because [...]

Dealing With Grief & Recovery During The Holidays

Dealing With Grief & Recovery During The HolidaysCoping Skills And Your RecoveryThe Psychology of Scams - a SCARS Insight Coping with the Holidays After the End of a Relationship Portions courtesy of NOVA - National Organization for Victims' Assistance When Grief Comes Home for the Holidays [...]

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight The Risks Of Social Isolation Caused By Romance Scams Understanding the Effects of Social Isolation on Scam Victim 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". People around the world have taken unprecedented safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]

Shame – Secrets & Lies

ShameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. - Secrets & Lies The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight A Common Response To Shame Is To Hide This Can Happen Both During The Scam And After It One of the ways the scam victims hide from the reality of their situation is [...]

Guide To Managing An Anti-Scam Group – Part 1 [Updated]

Guide To Managing An Anti-Scam Group - Part 1 A Series To Help Improve Amateur Anti-Scam Group Effectiveness SCARS Guidance For Caring For Traumatized Scam Victims Every Day The Are New Anti-Scam Groups Created On Social Media Sadly, Almost All Of Them Are Amateurs And [...]

Trauma-Induced Fear May Cause Paranoia

Trauma-Induced Fear May Cause Paranoia Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight How Trauma Can Cause Paranoia Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even milder forms of trauma has a variety of symptoms that present differently in each individual who has experienced a traumatic and life-altering event, [...]

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Scam Victim?

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Scam Victim? The Needs Of Every Victim After The Scam A SCARS Insight What Responsibilities Does A Person Have After They Become A Victim Of A Scam? Everyone has a duty to their fellow citizens but also to themselves! [...]

There Is No “He” Or “She” In Romance Scams

There Is No He Or She In Romance Scams Correcting Confusion And Helping Victims Recover The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Almost All Romance Scams Victims Start Out Confused About Who Scammed Them! Often scam victims associate the scam with the face in the [...]

Who We Can Help?

Who We Can Help? A SCARS Policy On Our Services SCARS Policy Clarification: SCARS is an organization that assists victims of online 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. and scams. Our 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. are specifically for those affected by these crimes - meaning online crimes where the victim never really [...]

Using Rituals To Help Scam Victims To Recover!

Using Rituals To Help Scam Victims To Recover! The Psychology of Recovery A SCARS Insight Provided for educational purposes only and as a topic to be discussed with your professional mental healthcare provider. The Importance of Ritual to Mental Health After Your Scam In a [...]

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