Help for U.S. Scam Victims

Help for U.S. Scam Victims

(Last Updated On: January 6, 2023)

Help for U.S. 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. Victims

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Victims’ Assistance – A 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. Insight

Help in Your State

Learn how to apply for crime victim compensation and find contact information for victim assistance programs in your state see below for each U.S. state or territory.

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If you are a scam victim, anywhere in the world, we can help you.

Help in Your State: Alabama

View contact information for the Alabama Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Law Enforcement and Safety Division
Phone: 334-353-3252

Victim Compensation Program

Alabama Crime Victims’ Compensation Commission
Phone: 334-290-4420

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Alaska

View contact information for the Alaska Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Phone: 907-465-5501

Victim Compensation Program

Alaska Department of Public Safety
Violent Crimes Compensation Board
Phone: 800-764-3040

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: American Samoa

View contact information for the American Samoa Victim Assistance program below.

Victim Assistance

American Samoa CriminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. Justice Planning Agency
Phone: 684-633-5221, Ext. 5222

Victim Compensation

Not Available

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Arizona

View contact information for the Arizona Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Arizona Department of Public Safety
Phone: 602–223–2000

Victim Compensation Program

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s Crime Victim Services
Phone: 877–668–2252

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Arkansas

View contact information for the Arkansas Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Phone: 501-682-5266

Victim Compensation Program

Arkansas Department of Public Safety
Crime Victims Reparations Board
Phone: 501-682-1020

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: California

View contact information for the California Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Phone: 916-845-8506

Victim Compensation Program

California Victim Compensation Board
Phone: 800-777-9229

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Colorado

View contact information for the Colorado Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office for Victims Programs
Phone: 303-239-5719

Victim Compensation Program

Office for Victims Programs
Phone: 303-672-2166

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Connecticut

View contact information for the Connecticut Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

State of CT Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services
Phone: 860-263-2760

Victim Compensation Program

State of CT Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services
Victim Compensation Program
Phone: 888-286-7347

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Delaware

View contact information for the Delaware Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

State of Delaware Criminal Justice Council
Phone: 302-577-8726

Victim Compensation Program

Delaware Department of Justice
Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program
Phone: 302-255-1770

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: District of Columbia

View contact information for the District of Columbia Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Phone: 202-727-0605

Victim Compensation Program

DC Courts Crime Victims Compensation Program
Phone: 202-879-4216

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Florida

View contact information for the Florida Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Florida Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victims’ Services
Phone: 800-226-6667

Victim Compensation Program

Florida Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victims’ Services
Phone: 800-226-6667

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Georgia

View contact information for the Georgia Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Phone: 404-657-1956

Victim Compensation Program

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Phone: 404-657-2222

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Guam

View contact information for the Guam Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office of the Guam Attorney General
Victim Services Division
Phone: 671-475-3324, Ext. 5431

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Guam Attorney General
Victim Services Division
Phone: 671-475-3324

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Hawaii

View contact information for the Hawaii Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
Phone: 808-586-1054

Victim Compensation Program

Hawaii Department of Public Safety
Phone: 808-587-1143

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Idaho

View contact information for the Idaho Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance
Phone: 208-332-1540

Victim Compensation Program

Idaho Crime Victims Compensation Program
Phone: 208-334-6080

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Illinois

View contact information for the Illinois Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Phone: 312-793-0890

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Crime Victims Services Bureau
Phone: 800-228-3368

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Indiana

View contact information for the Indiana Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Victim Services Division
Phone: 317-232-1233

Victim Compensation Program

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Victim Services Division
Phone: 800-353-1484

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Iowa

View contact information for the Iowa Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Phone: 515-281-5044

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Phone: 515-281-5044

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Kansas

View contact information for the Kansas Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Crime Victim Information and Referrals
(not affiliated with the Kansas VOCA Assistance Program)
Phone: 800-828-9745

Note: the Kansas VOCA Assistance Program does not provide services to victims of crime, but their contact information is available on our state support page.

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Attorney General
Division of Crime Victims Compensation
Phone: 785-296-2359

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Kentucky

View contact information for the Kentucky Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet
Phone: 502-564-3251

Victim Compensation Program

Public Protection Cabinet
Office of Claims and Appeals
Phone: 502-782-8255

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Louisiana

View contact information for the Louisiana Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
Phone: 225-342-1573

Victim Compensation Program

Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
Phone: 888-684-2846

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Maine

View contact information for the Maine Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: 207-592-1872

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Maine Attorney General
Phone: 207-624-7882

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Maryland

View contact information for the Maryland Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
Phone: 410-697-9312

Victim Compensation Program

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Phone: 888-679-9347

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Massachusetts

View contact information for the Massachusetts Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance
Phone: 617-586-1340

Victim Compensation Program

Massachusetts Victims of Violence Crime Compensation
Phone: 617-727-2200

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Michigan

View contact information for the Michigan Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Victim Services
Phone: 877-251-7373

Victim Compensation Program

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Victim Services
Phone: 877-251-7373

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Minnesota

View contact information for the Minnesota Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs
Crime Victim Justice Unit
Phone: 800-247-0390

Victim Compensation Program

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs
Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board
Phone: 651-201-7300

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Mississippi

View contact information for the Mississippi Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Mississippi State Department of Health
Office Against Interpersonal Violence
Phone: 601-206-1545

Victim Compensation Program

Mississippi Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victim Compensation Program
Phone: 800-829-6766

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Missouri

View contact information for the Missouri Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Missouri Department of Social Services
Phone: 573-522-3730

Victim Compensation Program

Missouri Department of Public Safety
Victim Services Program
Phone: 573-526-6006

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Montana

View contact information for the Montana Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Montana Board of Crime Control
Phone: 406-444-3604

Victim Compensation Program

Montana Department of Justice
Phone: 406-444-3653

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Nebraska

View contact information for the Nebraska Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Phone: 402-471-3687

Victim Compensation Program

Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Administration and Accounting Division
Phone: 402-471-2828

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Nevada

View contact information for the Nevada Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Child and Family Services
Phone: 702-486-2740

Victim Compensation Program

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Child and Family Services
Phone: 702-486-2740

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: New Hampshire

View contact information for the New Hampshire Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

New Hampshire Department of Justice: Office of Attorney General
Phone: 603-271-3671

Victim Compensation Program

New Hampshire Department of Justice: Office of Attorney General
Phone: 800-300-4500

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: New Jersey

View contact information for the New Jersey Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office of the Attorney General Department of Law & Public Safety
Office of Victim Witness Advocacy
Phone: 866-326-7206

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the Attorney General Department of Law & Public Safety
Victims of Crime Compensation Office
Phone: 877-658-2221

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: New Mexico

View contact information for the New Mexico Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission
Phone: 505-841-9432

Victim Compensation Program

New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission
Phone: 505-841-9432

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: New York

View contact information for the New York Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

New York State Office of Victim Services
Phone: 800-247-8035

Victim Compensation Program

New York State Office of Victim Services
Phone: 800-247-8035

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: North Carolina

View contact information for the North Carolina Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Victim Services
Phone: 919-899-9141

Victim Compensation Program

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Victim Compensation Services Division
Phone: 800-826-6200

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: North Dakota

View contact information for the North Dakota Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Adult Services Division, Division of Field Services
Phone: 701-328-6195

Victim Compensation Program

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Adult Services Division, Division of Field Services
Phone: 701-328-6195

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Northern Mariana Islands

View contact information for the Northern Mariana Islands Victim Assistance program below.

Victim Assistance

Criminal Justice Planning Agency
Phone: 670-664-4556

Victim Compensation

Not Available

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Ohio

View contact information for the Ohio Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section
Phone: 614-466-5610

Victim Compensation Program

Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Program
Phone: 614-466-5610

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Oklahoma

View contact information for the Oklahoma Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council
Federal Grants Division
Phone: 405-264-5008

Victim Compensation Program

Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
Crime Victims Compensation Board
Phone: 800-745-6098

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Oregon

View contact information for the Oregon Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Oregon Department of Justice
Crime Victim and 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 Services
Phone: 503-378-5348 Ext. 1

Victim Compensation Program

Oregon Department of Justice
Crime Victim and Survivor Services
Phone: 503-378-5348

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Pennsylvania

View contact information for the Pennsylvania Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Office of Victims’ Services
Phone: 800-233-2339

Victim Compensation Program

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Office of Victims’ Services
Victims Compensation Division
Phone: 800-233-2339

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Puerto Rico

View contact information for the Puerto Rico Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Puerto Rico Department of Justice
External Resources Division
Phone: 787-721-2900 Ext. 1808

Victim Compensation Program

Puerto Rico Department of Justice
Victim Compensation Office
Phone: 787-721-2900 Ext. 1808

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Rhode Island

View contact information for the Rhode Island Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office
Phone: 401-764-5797

Victim Compensation Program

Office of the General Treasurer Crime Victim Compensation Program
Phone: 401-462-7655

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: South Carolina

View contact information for the South Carolina Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

South Carolina Attorney General’s Office
Crime Victim Services Division
Department of Crime Victim Assistance Grants
Phone: 803-896-8712

Victim Compensation Program

South Carolina Attorney General’s Office
Crime Victim Services Division
Department of Crime Victim Compensation
Phone: 803-734-1900

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: South Dakota

View contact information for the South Dakota Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Victims’ Assistance Program
Phone: 605-773-6317

Victim Compensation Program

South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
Phone: 605-773-6317

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Texas

View contact information for the Texas Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Office of the Texas Governor
Public Safety Office
Criminal Justice Division

Texas Crime Victims Clearinghouse
Phone: 800-848-4284
Note: The Texas Crime Victims Clearinghouse is not affiliated with the Texas Victim Assistance Program. It is a legislatively created resource that provides referrals for crime victims in Texas.

Victim Compensation Program

Texas Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
Phone: 800-983-9933

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Tennessee

View contact information for the Tennessee Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration
Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Phone: 615-770-3986

Victim Compensation Program

Tennessee Department of Treasury
Division of Claims and Risk Management
Phone: 615-741-2734

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Utah

View contact information for the Utah Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Utah Office for Victims of Crime
Phone: 801-238-2360

Victim Compensation Program

Utah Office for Victims of Crime
Phone: 801-238-2360

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Vermont

View contact information for the Vermont Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services
Phone: 800-750-1213

Victim Compensation Program

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services
Phone: 800-750-1213

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: U.S. Virgin Islands

View contact information for the U.S. Virgin Islands Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Law Enforcement Planning Commission
Phone: 340-774-6400 Ext. 210

Victim Compensation Program

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services
Criminal Victims Compensation Commission
Phone: 340-718-4068 Ext. 4104

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Virginia

View contact information for the Virginia Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Phone: 804-786-7802

Victim Compensation Program

Virginia Workers Compensation Commission
Virginia Victims Fund
Phone: 800-552-4007

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Washington

View contact information for the Washington (State) Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Washington State Department of Commerce
Office of Crime Victim Advocacy
Phone: 800-822-1067

Victim Compensation Program

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Phone: 800-762-3716

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: West Virginia

View contact information for the West Virginia Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety
Division of Justice & Community Services
Phone: 304-558-8814 Ext. 53312

Victim Compensation Program

West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission
Crime Victims Compensation Fund
Phone: 304-347-4850

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Wisconsin

View contact information for the Wisconsin Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Office of Crime Victim Services
Phone: 800-446-6564

Victim Compensation Program

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Office of Crime Victim Services
Phone: 800-446-6564

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

Help in Your State: Wyoming

View contact information for the Wyoming Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation programs below.

Victim Assistance Program

Wyoming Attorney General
Division of Victim Services
Phone: 307-777-7200

Victim Compensation Program

Wyoming Attorney General
Division of Victim Services
Phone: 307-777-7200

Additional Resources

Additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse is available on these U.S. Department of Justice websites—

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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 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. 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 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., 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!

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

SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!

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 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. 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 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.

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SCARS BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal
SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims
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SCARS WORKBOOK - 8 Steps To Improvement
SCARS WORKBOOK - Understanding Self-Blame, Guilt, and Shame
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