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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What Is The Difference? Between 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. Victim And A Scam SurvivorSurvivorA 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 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. for many years. We [...]
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 [...]
What To Do When Someone Close To You Experiences The Personal 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. Of A Romance Scam For Families & Friends A SCARS Insight What To Do When Someone Close To Has Been In A Romance Scam The nature of life is such that, occasionally, we [...]
Terminology For Scam Victims Scam Related Terms An Etymology Part 1 Derogatory & Related Scam Terms Used To Describe Victims A SCARS Insight SCAM RELATED TERMS THE WORDS WE USE DEFINE WHAT WE THINK ABOUT SCAMS AND ABOUT OURSELVES "In order to change the way [...]
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 [...]
Victim's Paradox - The Desire For Certainty And How It Derails Recovery How Scam Victims Often Sabotage Their Own Recovery In The Search For Certain Outcomes A SCARS Victim Recovery Insight What is the "Victim's Paradox"??? Do you want to be Certain? Victims of a [...]
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 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 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 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 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 healthMental 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. [...]
ShameShameShame 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 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 [...]
How To Talk With Someone Suffering From Trauma For Family & Friends A SCARS Insight - Psychology of Scams Trauma - Helping Family Or Friends Through It! It can be difficult to know how to help someone you love and care for when they have [...]
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? 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
Do You Hate Your 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.? Hate Is An Incredibly Destructive Emotion That Prevents Recovery After A Scam! A SCARS Insight Why Do You Hate Your Scammer? Originally Published 2018 / Updated September 2021 We Have A Few Serious Questions For Scam Victims: Do You Know [...]
For Family & Friends - Article Catalog Helping Family & Friends of Scam Victims The basics of relationship scamsRelationship 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?, what to look for, and how to help! A SCARS Topic Collection Information For The Friends & Family Of New Scam Victims Before and after [...]
How To Detect Scams In Someone You Know A Guide For Family & Friends You Can't Help Them Unless You Are Fairly Certain They Are Being Scammed - This Guide Will Help You To Know! A SCARS Insight What If Someone You Know Is A [...]
Coping with the Reality of Crime 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. Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight Anyone Can Become A Victim Of A Crime! Being A Victim Of A Crime Can Be A Very Difficult And Stressful Experience! If It Happens To You Or Someone You Love, Here [...]
ResilienceResilienceIs the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Psychological resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Resilience exists when the person uses "mental processes and behaviors in promoting personal assets and protecting self from the potential negative effects of stressors". In simpler terms, psychological resilience exists in people who develop psychological and behavioral capabilities that allow them to remain calm during crises/chaos and to move on from the incident without long-term negative consequences.
In popular accounts, psychological resilience is sometimes likened to a "psychological immune system"., Recovery, And Romance Scam Victims Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight "Resilience" Is The Capacity To Recover Quickly From Difficulties; A Mental Toughness Psychological Resilience Is The Ability To Mentally Or Emotionally Cope With A Crisis Or To Return To Pre-Crisis Status Quickly [...]
Scam Victim Recovery Is Not A Mystery Follow The Process, Avoid Amateurs, Make A Commitment About Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight Recovery Is Not Mystical - It Is Mechanical Scam Victim Recovery is about following the recovery process. May scam victims talk [...]
SCARS Publishes New Self-Help Recovery Guide SCARS Re-Launches The SCARS Steps Program In Book Form From SCARS Publishing SCARS Is Very Proud To Launch Its Latest Publication: The SCARS GREEN BOOK! Our New Self-Help SCARS Steps Recovery Guide SCARS Re-launches the SCARS Steps Program [...]
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