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RSN™ Insight: Amateur 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. Group Distributing Fake NewsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives.

For Those That Follow Us And Have For Some Time, You Know We Are Highly Critical About Other Amateur Anti-Scam Groups!

Many complain and ask us why we are hard on other groups? Why indeed?

They argue that they are all contributing to the greater good, right? The same could be said for amateur dentists or surgeons too, right? No, wrong.

The wrong information to the wrong person at the wrong time can have a profound impact. Scam victims commit suicide every day. This is not a game, it is people’s lives.

We Are Critical For The Following Reasons:

  • Amateur Antiscam groups act as though they are expert in the subject matter when almost all are victims to took up vigilantism to satisfy their need for control and revenge
  • They are not expert in any aspect of the subject, they learn from other amateur groups and perpetuate false information on to other recent victims who know no better
  • They invent and distribute nonsensical information (such as that below)
  • They focus on “exposing” an endless stream of 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. photos which actually both delays the viewer’s recovery and in many cases can reinforce the victim’s 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. – at the very least causing increases in anxiety and fear of strangers
  • They are ruthless against anyone that offers a saner solution both to addressing the problem 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. but also how to properly support victims
  • They lack formal training or any certifications in crime victims’ assistance or law enforcement
  • They are almost completely one person working from their kitchen, bedroom etc. or a small group of like-minded individuals. Or even worse they are a charismatic cult-like leader with a devout following of sycophants – still laking real training or comprehension of how to achieve solutions
  • Some are indeed well-meaning who try on the hat of advocacy but have never accomplished the tasks they are trying to achieve and in many cases lead the causes down the wrong path
  • Many profess to offer “victim 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