Knowledge Is Not Enough To Stop A Scam 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.!
A SCARS Editorial by Dr. Tim McGuinness
The Dawn Of AI In Scams
AI is beginning to take over the communications between victims and scammers. This means that scammers are now able to do more than just fake a video, they are able to use machine learning Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence. Machine learning has the capacity to learn over time without being explicitly programmed. It can ingest a large amount of data and detect patterns and anomalies at scale. Supervised machine learning models are trained on a set of labels, while unsupervised machine learning does not require labeled data. technology to assess your every word, facial expression, your voice inflection, to fine-tune their messaging to drive you in the direction they want. To use it to control you – the first time or over and over!
This means that they can tune their grooming 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.
and manipulation to maximize your hormonal and neurotransmitter dependency to an ever greater extent. This is roughly equal to the breakthroughs of Madison Avenue Advertising in the 1920s and 1930s.
You Are NOT Immune From This.
Only 1 in a million is immune! You are not the 1.
Nothing you have learned will prevent you from becoming a victim again. Especially not your attitude of denial 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. that it can never happen again!
These new techniques will defeat you and everyone you know!
You may not think the face in this video looks very real, but just wait, we have shown you others that were visually perfect. In the next couple of years, these will become so perfect that no one can tell, except maybe another AI. They will also be used in most scams.
We have reached a singularity where the scammers now have capabilities that previously only the Russian & Chinese spin doctors had for disinformation. This is now available to scammers and it is very affordable for them. Remember each of their organizations is worth billions.
What Do You Do? Where Do You All Go Now?
You learn to change your behavior
Behavior / Behavioral Actions
Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. as we have been saying for nearly a decade.
Each of you who has been the victim of a relationship 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? must stop being a victim and stop thinking like one. This will be very hard and most of you are already failing at that.
You have to change your thinking and your way of viewing and evaluating risk. You have to change how you respond to everyone online. You have to change your way of responding to everything.
You may think you have this totally under control, but that very same false confidence is what will doom you to being scammed again. Only by acknowledging the fact that you are predisposed to being scammed, can you gain the upper hand.
This sounds very harsh and most of you will reject this line of reasoning. That is because you are thinking and reacting emotionally (like a victim,) which is common for all victims after a scam. This is just one of the impacts of trauma 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. on the human brain.
These truths do not matter where you live, or what your race, culture, or gender is. This is just how the human brain works – unless you are a psychopath.
After your relationship scam, you were traumatized and that very same trauma is helping to keep you traumatized. As long as you remain broken you are virtually defenseless.
Is This Now A Situation Where You Are All Doomed?
No, some of you will understand our message and do what is needed to make yourself more resistant to the kind of manipulation that is coming. Some of you will not and will be scammed over and over.
SCARS has helped more scam victims than anyone in the world – literally millions. We have seen the behavioral models and mindsets of repeat victims and what they all have in common. We have also seen the mindsets of those that are never repeat-victims.
How Do You Really Change?
- Accept the truth of the situation – everyone can be manipulated and everyone will be.
- Accept that YOU can be scammed again unless you change.
- Fix your trauma – accept that you were traumatized and get the trauma counseling 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. help to recover from it.
- Do your best to evaluate every decision – yes, second-guess yourself, to see if it is a logical analytical decision or an emotional one.
- Change your view of risks. No risk is really acceptable after you have been made a victim. Forget being brave, think survival!
- Develop better situational awareness Situational awareness can be defined simply as “knowing what is going on around us”, or – more technically – as “the perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning and the projection of their status in the near future” In other words, being aware of opportunities & dangers in any given context! of where risks come from and reside. And avoid them!
- Depend more on others to help you see reality and when you may be stepping over a line of safety.
- Listen to others when they express concerns about your directions and safety. Put pride and stubbornness aside! This is not about independence, it is about survival.
- Understand that you were addicted in the scam previously and remain susceptible to going there again. This means that abstinence is the only thing that works. Forget online dating and friendships – stay in the real world.
- Accept that you WILL NOT see the next scam coming, just as you did NOT see the last one. Only by changing your behaviors do you have a chance.
These 10 changes are what will give you a fighting chance of success in the future. All of them are very real solutions to the world you live in now. But if you reject this, or worse, think you are already safe, you are doomed – it will happen again.
Overconfidence is the destroyer of your safety. It was the first time, and it will be the next.
Does This Mean We Want You To Be Insecure All Your Life? Yes And No!
You need to be insecure enough to recognize that there be dragons out there and that you will not see all of them coming. You need to be insecure enough to avoid every risk that you can identify and many that you cannot.
Only by being insecure can you be secure enough in your safeguards to feel and actually be safe. Consider the Gazelle, a happy little animal but they have hard-wired risk avoidance into their brains, yet they are eaten by lions every day. What we are talking about is a similar evolutionary step forward to reduce your risk of being prey again and again.
Many of you will continue your overconfidence and fail. Repeat victims are not very vocal, so you almost never hear from them. They typically hide and collapse in their increased trauma. Some of you are repeat victims.
Regardless of what we say, most of you will not listen, but some will, and it is to those that we say this. Not only can you make it through the recovery, but you can learn to achieve safety afterward. But even you have to be constantly reminded that things are changing for the worse, and it is happening fast!
Two years ago Pig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering”
This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. scams appeared on the world stage and today they are almost half of the online financial fraud 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. worldwide. Now AI is beginning to make its appearance.
Most of you are not ready. Some will never be ready. But we will continue to tell you the truth as much as we can.
We hope you can understand this message and can use it to stay safe online and in the real world!
We sincerely wish you all the best!