Anti-Scam FAQ: How can you reach a scam victim that is so deep in denial that they cannot even believe they are being scammed? What can friends and family say to them to help them understand?


It can be difficult to reach a scam victim who is in denial about being scammed, especially if they are unwilling to listen to reason or consider the possibility that they have been deceived. In situations like this, the most important thing for friends and family to do is to approach the situation with empathy and understanding. It can be helpful to acknowledge the victim’s feelings and let them know that you are there to support them, no matter what. It may also be helpful to provide them with factual information about the scam and its effects, and to offer to help them take steps to protect themselves and their finances. Ultimately, however, the decision to accept help and take action against the scammer must be made by the victim themselves.

We also recommend that you see our article catalog written for friends and family of scam victims.

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