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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.™ Guide: Financial Assistance & Crime Victim Compensation

For U.S.A. Crime Victims ONLY – Canada Has Similar Programs – International Residents Check With Your Own Country To See What Crime Victims’ Assistance Is Available

Yes! There Is Financial Assistance Available!

SCARS is a registered Crime Victims’ Assistance & Support Organization and a member of VictimConnect a service of the National Center for Victims of Crime of the United States Department of Justice.

Every state has a crime victim or 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. injuries compensation program to help pay some of the out-of-pocket expenses for victims of crime. Most programs are limited to victims of violent crimes, but some programs will also pay the 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. costs for victims of major financial crimes. Every state sets limits on the overall amount that can be paid to a victim and on the amount paid for each type of expense. Victim compensation only pays where there is no insurance coverage or some other type of payment available.

What expenses does Crime Victim Compensation cover?

Victim compensation programs will often pay for the following expenses after a crime has occurred:
  • Medical or dental costs
  • Counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral or burial expenses in cases of homicide (this may include suicide resulting from a crime)
Victim compensation usually does not cover the following:
  • Property loss – this includes the money you sent to the 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.
  • Pain and suffering

While this does not cover the money you lost to a scammer, it will cover the counseling and medical costs they help you recover after the 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