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

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Guide To Managing An Anti-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. Group – Part 1

A Series To Help Improve Amateur Anti-Scam Group Effectiveness

SCARSSCARS SCARS - 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. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about 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 Poorly Managed

However, as the world leader in supporting traumatized scam victims SCARS wants to help spread professionalism and knowledge to help amateur groups better help the victims in their care.

This SCARS Guide will be presented in several parts as there is much to explain and share about competent crime victims’ assistance, compliance, and duty of care.

DISCLAIMER: This is being presented to help those who are well-intentioned to do a better job. This does not constitute legal advice, and all amateur groups are advised to discuss their practices and potential liability with a suitable attorney. Failure to do so may place the creators of such groups in legal jeopardy and significant liability. We also recommend that all groups maintain a minimum of US$1 million in liability insurance, especially if they are not incorporated. Amateur groups can easily be sued for malpractice, or incur fines for operations without proper licenses.

What Is A Support GroupSupport Group 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. Really?

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 an integral part of the recovery process. They should never be a group focused on hating & punishing scammers.

The benefit of a support group is that it allows people to interact with others who understand what they are going through can help end the negative effects of isolation and 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. that is so often caused by victimizationVictimization Victimization (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.. But there is an important fundamental in that – they should be focused on recovery and be limited in who can join a group. In other words, a group should be for victims only, or only for another type of person. Mixing the membership of a group will inhibit free and open discussion.

Groups offer a forum to share and learn new behaviorBehavior   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. management strategies and coping skills (at least this is what they should be,) raise awareness to prevent recidivism, and make life-long connections. Starting a group takes dedication and commitment to care, ethics, and standards, by doing so, you’ll help yourself and others recover from their experience – if you are committed to doing the right things.

Just because someone is a scam victim does not mean they truly understand the issues that victims face.

What Is Your Mission?

Let’s begin by being blunt, even if you disagree with this section you are obligated to recognize that this is the best practice in the care and support of scam victims.

Crime victims’ assistance is a profession, it is not something for anyone that is driven to do something. Regardless of what you think you are doing or why, you are a beacon to scam victims who will come to you for help.

Many of these groups are created by 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. victim that believes that no one is doing anything and that they can make a difference. Or they believe they will get all scammers arrested and save all victims. This is neither the right motivation or the way to help other victims.

There are established professional standards, best practices, duty-of-care, and in many places licensing involved in this work regardless of what you may think. If you operate without regard to these issues you may find that you have violated numerous local laws and are not caring for or helping the victims that come to you.

Your mission should be two-fold:

  1. Provide a way for victims to find competent information and assistance. You are most probably not sufficiently knowledgeable to originate it, but you certainly can share it from reliable sources and refer victims to it – such as the information from this website.
  2. Do no more harm than has already been done. No amateur antiscam group that we know of really follows this rule. None of them are created or managed by professionals with the understanding of trauma-informedTrauma-Informed Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” A trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care needs to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective care services with a healing orientation. Adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes. support that victims need, or the true understanding of what victims have experienced during and after the scam. You have to be honest about this issue. You may want to help, but you are probably not trained to provide it. Empathy is not enough, because in the case of 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. there are times when empathy and compassion may not be the right thing.

It is important to understand two basic principles:

  1. Every victim of a relationship scamRelationship 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? is traumatized. Not necessarily mentally ill, but traumatized. The extent and how it displays itself is for 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". professionals or those trained in trauma-informed support to determine. It is not your job to diagnose anyone, just accept that trauma is there and make sure the victim is referred to a competently qualified trauma professional.
  2. The actions of your group can help victims better understand or it can cause more harm. This is very real and we are fairly sure that you do not want to cause more harm. But this also applies to you and your admins or moderators too. Trauma is contagious – called vicarious trauma. If you are also a victim and you are trying to help other victims you can easily make your situation much worse.

IMPORTANT RULE:

Always suggest that all scam victims see a local trauma counselor or therapist. Why? Because trauma is not always easy to detect and responses can be misleading, and appear to be something else. But almost every scam victim is going to have experienced some trauma, and it does not go away. Failing to deal with it can make it worse. Here is a link you can share that is one of the best directories for trauma counselors or therapists: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/trauma-and-ptsd

Do No Harm

This seems obvious. That you should not make the situation worse for a scam victim. But in reality, this is very hard. The reasons are many, but it all comes back to trauma.

People respond to trauma in many different ways and the hints can be very subtle and difficult to recognize. If you are not trained in trauma-informed support you will not know this.

After the scam ends, victims go through parallel processes: withdrawal from hormonal addiction (over-stimulation); the normal grief cycle; and trauma.

Coming down off of the hormonal addition typically is over in a few weeks unless the person substitutes another form of stimuli, such as rebounding into another scam, jumping on online dating, or other high-risk behavior.

The grief cycle is more complex and every victim takes their own time working through it, though many will get stuck 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. and 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.. However, trauma is the lasting challenge and each victim can respond differently.

An important point that you (and all victims) must understand is that not all victims can be helped in a support context. In fact, we estimate that only about 30% can. Victims are approximately divided into equal thirds: one third in denial (flight or freezeFreeze Trauma Freeze Response: While fight-or-flight is the better-known way humans respond to certain stressful stimuli, the additional less known third response "FREEZE", was not as widely studied until this last decade. Freezing as a response to a threat might seem effective, a sort of “playing dead” in the face of danger; however, in humans freezing manifests as an inability to communicate, react, make decisions, or take any action of self-preservation or defense. responses); one third in anger (fight responses); and one third with reasonable resiliency who are able to follow a program and work through their grief and trauma realistically. This is to say that most victims will fail to recover in a reasonable timeframe and amateur groups play a large role in causing this. You have the chance to be different.

Victim Suicide Risk

Scam victims are at high risk of suicide.

A significant percentage of victims are thinking about taking their own lives. Without proper care, anti-scam groups can worsen this by creating increased feelings of despair and hopelessness. Amateur anti-scam groups often paint a picture that no one is doing anything, that scamming is completely out of control, and that victims have nowhere to turn. All false.

About 12-20 scam victims take their lives every day, so real attention must be made to identifying victims in this state, There are only two things you should ever do for someone like this:

  1. Keep them talking. Talk or chat about their lives, their family, even about their experience, but keep focusing on how they are strong and will make it through this.
  2. Refer them to a crisis hotline service in their region or country. Suicide prevention, done properly requires training and even certification. You can help talk them down off of the edge, but get them in the hand of people who know what they are doing as quickly as possible.

Exposing Scammers

This is one of the two major points of aggression in the anti-scam groups. Most groups created by victims mistakenly believe that exposing scammers does something fundamental. It does not. In fact, it can cause great harm.

What Good Does It Do?

It does two things potentially good.

  1. It can help a victim recognize that they have been scammed and are not alone, and that their 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. wasn’t the only one.
  2. It can help with the removal of fake profiles on social media – if, and only if the group members are consistently participating in reporting them.

What It Does Not Do?

  • It does nothing to get scammers arrested
  • It does nothing to stop scammers
  • It does nothing to shame scammers
  • It does nothing to prevent scams
  • Helps victims avoid re-scamming in some cases

How It Harms?

Trauma is not caused by the scam, it is the person’s reaction to the scam. In other words, someone who is very resilient can go through a traumatic experience and come out of it quickly and whole. But this is not the case with the majority of humans. Therefore, almost all victims carry significant trauma.

Academic studies have established a clear connection between viewing perpetrator photos and increased or worsened trauma responses. Exposing scammers does almost nothing but expose them to traumatized victims.

How can this manifest?

  • Scam victims will naturally be angry, this is a normal stage of grief. But if the focus of that anger is constantly present (in other words, the scammer photos) then they may not move past anger. This anger can easily evolve into rageRage 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. and hate – totally unhealthy responses.
  • Some scam victims will be triggered to a freeze response when they see scammer photos. In many cases, these responses can be made significantly worse by repeated triggersTRIGGERS A trigger is a stimulus that sets off a memory of a trauma or a specific portion of a traumatic experience., such as in anti-scam groups.
  • It reinforces the urban legendUrban Legend Urban Legend An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a genre of modern folklore comprising stories circulated as true, especially on social media. These legends can be entertaining but often concern serious topics. They may also be confirmation of moral standards, or reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties. Urban legends are most often circulated orally but can be spread by any media, including newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes and seem impervious to exposure as untrue. that exposing scammers helps to fight them or get them arrested, and when this inevitably fails can result in other issues such as depression or other responses.
  • It also keeps the victims’ attention away from real recovery programs and support.

All of these can do lasting harm to victims and even yourself.

It also tends to create a climate of hopelessness. Constantly seeing the endless stream of scammers’ faces tends to create the lasting and devastating impression that nothing is being done. That this is never-ending. When in fact, great progress is being made.

Vicarious Trauma

One of the great challenges of almost all amateur anti-scam groups is that they are started by victims. The creation – the compulsion to do something – anything is in fact a trauma response. Yet few have any idea that they are traumatized and that they reacting predictably, but also incorrectly for their recovery.

This certainty that you are going to help others and save the world is (in many cases – though not all) called Savior SyndromeSyndrome It is a group of symptoms that can consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms., a trauma fight response. Unfortunately, just because someone is the victim of a crime does not mean they know anything about criminology or victimologyVictimology Victimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements.. Yet they think they are instant experts. And this only gets worse over time, as they interact with more and more victims.

This constant interaction with victims easily produces increased trauma – but in this case, it is not the primary trauma from the scam, but rather it is vicarious trauma. We urge you to look it up. But we will talk about how to recognize it and reduce its effects, so that you can better help others.

Vicarious Trauma: Signs And Strategies For Coping

How to cope with the aftermath of traumatic incidents and spot the signs of trauma in those who have been involved in caring for others.

Vicarious trauma is a process of change resulting from empathetic engagement with trauma survivorsSurvivor 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.

Anyone who engages empathetically with survivors of traumatic incidents, torture, and material relating to their trauma, is potentially affected, including doctors and other health professionals.

Common Signs Of Vicarious Trauma

If you are currently or have recently been working with survivors of traumatic incidents or torture survivors, you should be aware of the following signs:

  • experiencing lingering feelings of anger, rage, and sadness about the victim’s victimization
  • becoming overly involved emotionally with the victim
  • experiencing bystander guilt, shame, feelings of self-doubt
  • being preoccupied with thoughts of victims outside of the work (group) situation
  • over-identification with the victim (having horror and rescue fantasies)
  • loss of hope, pessimism, cynicism
  • anger and aggression directed at those you claim to be helping
  • distancing, numbingNUMBING Numbing is a biological process whereby emotions are detached from thoughts, behaviors, and memories. In many cases, a victim's numbing is evidenced by her or his limited range of emotions associated with interpersonal interactions and their inability to associate any emotion with their recent experience. Because numbing symptoms hide what is going on inside emotionally, there can be a tendency for the victim,  family members, counselors, and other behavioral health staff to assess levels of traumatic stress symptoms and the impact of trauma as less severe than they actually are., detachment, cutting patients off, staying busy
  • avoiding listening to victim’s stories of traumatic experiences
  • difficulty in maintaining professional boundaries with the client, such as overextending self (trying to do more than is in the role to help the victim)

If you are experiencing any of these signs, this could indicate that you are suffering from vicarious trauma.

Strategies For Reducing The Risk Of Vicarious Trauma

If you feel you may be suffering from vicarious trauma, try following these coping strategies to reduce the risks.

  • Increase your self-observation – recognize and chart your signs of stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout
  • Take care of yourself emotionally – engage in relaxing and self-soothing activities, nurture self-care
  • Don’t spend all of your time online in your group
  • Look after your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Maintain a healthy work/life balance – have outside interests
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish – avoid wishful or obsessive thinking
  • Don’t take on responsibility for your group member’s well-being but supply them with tools to look after themselves (that you can find from other professionals – remember that you are not an expert)
  • Balance your load – mix of more recovery information and fewer scammers
  • Take regular breaks, take time off when you need to – spend a day away from your group – it will survive
  • Seek social support from colleagues, family members – SCARS is here as a resource for those that really want to help ethically and professionally
  • Use peer supportPeer support Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting content and/or feelings), or in a support group. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self-help organizations and others meet, in person or online, to give each other connection and support on a reciprocal basis. Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Trained peer support workers such as SCARS Volunteers receive special training and may be required to obtain Continuing Education Units, similar to clinical staff. Some other trained peer support workers may also be law-enforcement personnel and firefighters as well as emergency medical responders. and opportunities to decompress
  • Take up training opportunities – have your admins and moderators read this too!
  • Don’t let the tone of your group become negative – this will come back on you!

Part 1 Summary

The most important things for your to know initially are:

  • You are not an expert – don’t try to represent yourself as one – instead, be a place for victims to talk about themselves and not about random scammers
  • There will be victims you cannot help – be honest with yourself about this, and establish boundaries and rules to treat everyone fairly
  • You have to stay even-tempered and do no harm when at all possible – recognize that you are dealing with people in the worst time of their lives
  • If you cannot help someone, do not just blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• them, make an effort to refer them to professional help – either medical, mental health, legal, financial, or support (such as SCARS)
  • Avoid anything that can increase the trauma of victims in your care and to yourself
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information that victims share – unless they expressly give permission for other use – make sure that your group is private and that you are not serving them up to more scammers
  • Do not engage in any professionally licensed activities in any form if you do not have that license – this can land you in jail – if you do not know where the lines are then stay well away from them
  • Ethics matters – if you engage in any form of deception (such as scambaitingScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters. Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting) you are breaching the trust of the victims in your care and doing what scammers do
  • Encourage every group member to:
    • Block all access from the scammers
    • Report the crime – if it involved money, report to the local police, otherwise to the FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud., FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov, or national police – reporting matters
    • Refer them to the free reliable authoritative information that SCARS publishes on www.RomanceScamsNOW.com
    • Suggest that all members should see a trauma counselor or therapist for an evaluation
    • Share their story and help them to participate regularly
  • Make sure that you actively screen for scammers and fakes trying to enter your group  – if you do not know how to reliably spot them, then you have a serious problem
  • Make sure your liability is properly covered and that you fully understand what you cannot do

Remember, if you really do not have the skills or ability to do this right, it is better to stop and walk away. Talk to us, we can help you stay involved and improve your group, or walk away and make sure the victims in your group are cared for.

There are groups we have blacklisted because of inappropriate and unethical behavior, and treatment of victims. However, we actually want you to succeed. SCARS cannot do all of this alone. Won’t you at least learn from our experience?

We truly wish you well in your activities and hope you can help many victims. But never forget that you are an amateur in what you are doing and that there really are only a handful of professionals in this field.

If you have questions, please contact us by email at contact@AgainstScams.org

We also recommend that you get a copy of the SCARS GREEN BOOK – a guide to scam victim recovery. You can use this to inform your services and help you better help scam victims.

Good luck!

Part 2 will come soon!

Essential Tools For Every Scam Victim From SCARS

Each is based on our SCARS Team’s 30 plus years of experience.

SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as trauma 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. or therapy, qualified support groups, or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

Get it here

SCARS BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal

SCARS BLUE BOOK
A Unique 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’s Recovery Journal

THE PERFECT DAILY JOURNAL FOR SCAM VICTIMS IN RECOVERY

Give yourself the perfect tool to measure and track your recovery progress while getting the therapeutic benefit of journaling!

This official SCARS Self-Help Recovery Program Journal allows you to record your journey day by day, to be able to look back and see your progress, and measure your achievements. While this is a difficult time in your life, it will get better in time and journaling is an important way to help you through many of those moments, but also to show yourself how strong you are!

The Official SCARS BLUE BOOK is your way of recording this struggle and help yourself through it.

A special discount is available when buying 3 at a time.

Get it here

SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

Get it here

SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims

SCARS LIME BOOK
Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims

A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE FOR MOTIVATION & WISDOM ABOUT SCAMS & RECOVERY

After the scam, life is filled with challenges and uncertainty. So many things are going wrong and how do you recover from the experience. There is a way. In the SCARS GREEN BOOK we present the complete SCARS Steps Recovery Program, but there is more to it.

You need to keep yourself motivated and understand that you are not the first person to go through this. The SCARS LIME BOOK helps you stay positive and motivated, and gain the wisdom that comes from helping millions of scam victims that SCARS has done.

This small book is packed with motivational insights and survivor wisdom to help you get up every day, make it through the through times, and sleep assured that time heals all emotional wounds.

The Official SCARS LINE BOOK is your way of reminding yourself every day that you are strong and can make it through this!

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK – A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scamsRelationship 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? work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS PEARL BOOK - The SCARS Online Safety Password Log Book

SCARS PEARL BOOK – The SCARS Online Safety Password Log Book

AN ONLINE SAFETY TOOL FROM SCARS HELPS YOU TO STAY SAFE ONLINE!

We all know that we need to create and maintain stronger & safer passwords, but how can anyone possibly manage them? Actually, the process is not that hard with the right tools. Every only user needs to have two items: 1) a Password Manager App (such as LastPass or TrueKey), and 2) a master password log book!

But if you have a password manager app why do you need a logbook too? Because what if you are unable to access your password manager? What do you do then? The truth is that all software can be unavailable at times, or what do you do if you forget the password to your password manager? The answer is to have a backup logbook where you store all of your passwords in an organized way.

The SCARS PEARL BOOK helps to remind you about how to create strong passwords and how to keep them safe, but most importantly organizes all of your passwords in one place by accounts wor websites, making them easy to maintain and find when you need them.

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