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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.™ Editorial: Remembering The Fallen – Past RSN Staff
Over The Years We Have Had Many Team Members Work For Us Helping Victims.
Some asked who is behind SCARS & RSN.
So here is the short answer (made long).
RSN was a corporation, and until July 2017 was a subsidiary of one of the related companies called PerfectReputations® (www.PerfectReputations.com ») owned by Dr. McGuinness, co-founder of such companies as TigerDirect » (originally called BLOC Development and others. PR was one of the companies that helped fund the 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. activities of RSN and paid for their staff. In July 2017 RSN was transferred into SCARS (a separate non-profit corporation domiciled here in the United States) www.AgainstScams.org »
Over the years, we have had different employees running RSN and our victims’ 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.. We have had many different employees working for RSN (about 10 in the 4 years up through the end of 2017). John Hall was one of these. He no longer works for SCARS and has moved on in his career. John into TV journalism.
Helping scam victims is extremely difficult – especially when you help thousands and thousands of victims every week. Over the years we have seen that the burn-out time is about 1 year due to “Vicarious 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.” for those that have significant contact with victims – then people have to move on for their own sanity.
Scam victims are composed of all kinds of people. Some are wonderful, some are extremely difficult and hateful people, some are mentally ill. Our Team handles almost a 1,000 people a day across all of our social media pages & groups and our websites.
Very few victims understand why this happened to them, and why we cannot save them. They want their money back, they want the scammers arrested. They expect us to get on a plane and fly to Ghana or Nigeria to do it! Some can be very violent and threatening when we do not do it. Some view themselves as “experts” and hate us because we are professionals – they view us as a cause for their problems also. This results in some extreme reactions and hate against our people who are just trying to do their jobs and help as many people as they can.
But We Know We Can’t Help Everyone!
We receive hundreds of investigation requests a day. Hundreds more that email us their photos – but under U.S. law, we require that THEY fill in the form on our websites so that it is authenticated and maintains “chain of custody” so that it is usable evidence. Most victims have no idea how to report scammers so they just throw information anywhere believing it will be the difference in fighting these crimes. Sadly most of it is a waste because the victims neither understand how to prepare their information or post it in places that serve no purpose.
We spend over USD$100,000 building the SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network™ – an Anti-scam Data Reporting Network™ that connects victims with governments or law enforcement entities around the world. The main website is www.Anyscam.com » and this website here. It provides free-of-cost 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. data feeds to our subscribers. But only a small number of victims bother to report their scammers in a way that is actually helpful.
We get at least 3-5 a week that are suicidal, and we help them get connected with an intervention hot-line or some we do our best help directly (a few of you were probably in that state yourselves).