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RSN™ Guide: Rescamming

Yes, it is a thing

Did you know that statistically, as a victim of a 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. that you have a ONE IN SEVEN chance of being a victim again?

Most victims will shut down after a scam – not trusting anyone. However, for most the same tendencies that created the opportunity for the scam remains. You will still be too trusting even while you tell yourself that you trust no one.

Most victims seek out saviors after they have been scammed. If law enforcement does not respond, they seek out other authority figures to save them. This is only natural, but it opens the door to a range of 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. that can follow.

Messiah Groups

The fact is there are good anti-scam groups. We know we are one, but there are also those that will take advantage of your vulnerable state by promising the sun the moon and the stars. Be careful of anyone promising anything. If it looks like a cult it probably is.

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.

There are Approved and Registered Crime Victims Assistance and Support Groups, these are the 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. 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.. No other group is registered for Online Crime Victims’ Assistance.

However,  there are so many more that are not, that are run by victims that know nothing about how to help you recover. Victim Support is a serious matter and not the realm of amateurs regardless of how well-intentioned they may be. So look for groups that have training, experience, or certified staff that understand how to help people in a crisis. Look for a Support Group having the SCARS Logo who are SCARS Members in good standing.

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.

Counseling is regulated by states and national governments. No anti-scam group can even use that word legally unless they have licensed counselors on staff.

Recovery ScamsRecovery Scams If you've already fallen for a scam, another scammer may call you and offer to get you your money back for a fee. Their goal is to double-dip and steal more of your money. Unfortunately, in most cases, only real law enforcement or your government can get your money back. There are exceptions, but you are safer to avoid all recovery options.

This is one of the more despicable scams since it goes after victims to scam them again promising to recover their money.

In general, no one can recover your money except law enforcement. Private investigators the world over will promise much and deliver nothing except your empty wallet. Cultish group leaders say they go there and get your money or promise other things just as fanciful but they are not true and they never have. Anyone the says they will get your money back is lying. An honest person will admit they cannot.

In our 27 year history, even we have only recovered the money a handful of times.

Change Your 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.

Once you have been scammed you need to stop the behavior that led you to be scammed in the first place.

Stop rebounding. Stop blindly trusting. Stop putting your faith in Snake Oil salesmen.

Nothing Is Easy, Nothing Comes With Guarantees

  • Scammers are rarely arrested
  • Most victims do not get their money back
  • Most victims will believe the wrong people again and again

SO STOP IT!
Trust NO ONE!

Only trust what you can verify.

Look out for yourself FIRST. Stop wo