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Deborah – A Romance Scam Victim’s Story

Deborah - A Romance 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 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 [...]

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 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.. 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 [...]

Surviving The Change: Scams Turn Lives Upside Down

Surviving The Change: Scams Turn Lives Upside Down A SCARS Guide After you realize that you have been scammed and lost a large sum of money, you will naturally have real concerns about what it means for your life. It is natural to panic, but panic will take you down [...]

SCARS™ Recovery: Phases Of Recovery

SCARS™ Recovery: Phases Of Recovery ScamRecovery Scam If you've already fallen for a scam, another scammer may call you and offer to get you your money back for a fee. Their goal is to double-dip and steal more of your money. Unfortunately, in most cases, only real law enforcement or your government can get your money back. There are exceptions, but you are safer to avoid all recovery options. victims go through a series of phases from the scam to recovery. Many victims do not make it through all of them and become trapped 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. or 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., preventing them from recovery. Sadly the majority of victims do not recover, but being aware [...]

SCARS™ Commentary: Helping Others

SCARS™ Commentary: Helping Others How Can You Really Help Others? When people are new to all of this they always say they want to stop it and help others. However, before you can help others you have to help yourself. You have to stabilize and go down your own path [...]

SCARS™ A 27 Year History Of Service To Scam Victims

SCARS™ A 27 Year History Of Service To Scam Victims Our founder Dr. Tim McGuinness first started tracking scams and scammers in 1991 on the old America Online before the web came into existence for all. Over the years this activity migrated from AOL onto TigerDirect.com (our founder was a co-founder [...]

Journaling And Recovery From Scams – SCARS™ Victim Recovery

SCARS™ Victim Recovery: Journaling And Recovery From Scams The Key For Every Victim Is Balance And Recovery Should Begin With Journaling We are at the end of another year with 2019 around the corner.  What better time than now to consider the value of keeping a journal and tracking your daily life [...]

RSN™ ScamTV™ Video: Unbroken

RSN™ ScamTV™ Video: Unbroken If You Are A Scam Victim You Must Watch This Video Getting up after a scam is incredibly hard, but you have to do it. You have to stand up and continue, otherwise, the scammerScammer A 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. wins! Don't stay down. Don't let them beat you [...]

Being A Scam Victim & Getting Support

Being A Scam Victim & Getting Support Being A Victim Of A Romance Scam Is A Terrible Experience Things are fine while the relationship is going on. Of course, there are things that disturbed you but you are at least you were fully invested and and being fully manipulated into [...]

WARNING: Anti-Scam “Counseling”

WARNING: Anti-Scam “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.” What About Counseling? We are beginning to see more anti-scam groups claim they offer "Counseling" services of one type or another. You should be aware that all "counseling" is regulated and licensed in North America and Europe, and many other countries as well. Groups that have used [...]

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