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Self-Styled Experts & Vigilantes Are Everywhere!
Making Things Worse In Many Cases!

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Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes

Over Our 30 Year History, We Have Encountered Many Victims That Wanted To Help Other Victims, And That Is A Good Thing!

Except when their motivation is based upon hate, 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., or a self-conviction that they are the only ones that can save everyone.

Unfortunately, more than half of all anti-scam groups fall into this mindset. The tragic part of this is that new victims or those that are still clinging to their anger gravitate to the amateur groups and do not get the help they need.

Who are we to say what victims need?

Consider – we are a government registeredgovernment-registered It means to be registered with departments or agencies of the government. In the case of SCARS, we are registered with state and federal governments in the United States, Europe & Asia. SCARS is registered as a crime victims' assistance nonprofit with agencies of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. And is incorporated in the State of Florida as a nonprofit corporation. crime victims’ assistance organization, incorporated in the state of Florida. Our partners include the U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department (under the President) responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management.. Our team has been helping online crime victims for 30 years! We have engaged in some of the widest-ranging research on this subject and worked with academic institutions around the world to better understand the 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. that scam victims experience and how to support them.

Let’s talk about Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes

Vigilantes tend to be the ones that create about half of the Anti-scam groups

What is an Anti-scam Hate Group? These are typically lead by a victim that has retained their 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 anger against scammers and turned this into a kind of mania. Actually, it is something called Messiah Syndrom or Savior SyndromeSyndrome It is a group of symptoms that can consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms..

THESE ARE THE TRUE VIGILANTES

Vigilantes tend to be those victims that are profoundly and adversely affected by the aftermath of the scam. It affects them in a way that forces their fear and anger to dominate.

Their initial lack of control and sense of powerlessness triggers the need for retaliation and vengeance, frequently directly towards other victims and victims’ assistance providers (such as police and victims assistance organizations like SCARS), not just the criminals that harmed them. Their actions tend to be performed online without any real commitment to a specific objective – other than to “get justice”, acting to be disruptive and counter-productive to real solutions.

It is all “Their Way or No Way,” and everyone is with them or against them. Vigilantism is also a significant cause of delay in these victims recovering, as it perpetuates their anger or rage and frequently turning it into destructive hate.

It is nearly impossible to assist these victims as they are suspicious of anyone offering help, especially those with greater knowledge and professionalism, and tend to aggregate into like-minded groups online.

There is no evidence that any vigilante has resulted in a single arrest or reduction in online crimes. In fact, there is substantial evidence that Vigilantes work against their best interest by alienating those entities that are best equipped to help them and society as a whole.

Most Vigilantes refuse to properly report the crimes since (in their view) “no one does anything anyway” – only they can save the world. They tend to view themselves as the only true “Anti-scammers” and their approach is the only correct one.

Why Is Being A Vigilante A Bad Thing?

  • First, they have no real experience in fighting crime. They don’t know how to find or prepare real evidence. They just post scammers online, without any ethical constraints.
  • Second, they do not understand the reality of trauma and how continuous exposure to the crime can cause further harm to themselves and victims.
  • Lastly, they believe that they are the only true saviors and that anyone that has a different approach is the enemy or a scammer. So they actively work against the real solutions, professionals, and institutions making a real difference.

They are chaos engines that delay progress, cause further harm to victims, and create completely false impressions of both who scammers are and the state of the global war on 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..

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