The Learning Process: How Scam Victims Learn Before & After Their Scam Ends.
Here We Show How That Victim Learning Process Works – For Good And Bad!
After the scam, most scam victims begin to realize how ignorant they were about 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. and scammers. Many had no idea these types of crimes even existed. Many had little or no interest in gaining knowledge through a learning process about these crimes.
Why Are So Many Victims Ignorant Of These Crimes?
First, let us say that when we say victims are ignorant that this is not blamingBlaming Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action. them in any way. None of us know what we don’t know. However, we do live in a world full of predators, so it seems a poor choice to not accept that and learn about it.
Our goal at SCARS is to fully understand the scam victims’ learning process and in fact all aspects of the criminology and victimologyVictimology Victimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements. of the crimes and their victims.
So why do so many people avoid learning about these crimes that can impact them, their friends, and their families at any time?
There could be several reasons why people avoid learning about crimes that can impact them at any time. Here are a few possible explanations:
- Fear and Anxiety: Learning about crimes can make people feel anxious and fearful, which can be uncomfortable and unpleasant. Some people may avoid learning about crimes because they do not want to experience these negative emotions.
- DenialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.: People may choose to ignore the possibility of crime because they believe it will not happen to them. This can be a form of denial and may be a way to cope with the uncertainty and unpredictability of life.
- Trust in Others: Some people may have a strong belief in the goodness of others and trust that they will not be victims of crime. This can be a positive outlook on life, but it may also be unrealistic.
- Time and Priorities: Learning about crime and safety may not be a top priority for some people, and they may not have the time or resources to devote to it. They may feel that there are other more pressing concerns that require their attention.
- Overwhelmed by Information: There is a vast amount of information available on crime and safety, and it can be overwhelming for some people. They may not know where to start, or they may feel that they cannot process all the information effectively.
The reasons why people avoid learning about crimes (such as relationship scamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam?) that can impact them can be complex and multifaceted. Further study is needs to better undersand scam victims and the learning process.
Why Scam Victims Are More Attracted To Urban Legends?
After a scam ends, scam victims often ignore a more orderly learning process and desperately want to learn about scammers in order to protect themselves from falling prey to similar schemes in the future. However, they may find themselves more attracted to urban legends than to the real facts about scams and scammers.
One reason for this is that urban legends often have a more sensational and captivating story than dry facts about scams. For example, an urban legendUrban Legend Urban Legend An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a genre of modern folklore comprising stories circulated as true, especially on social media. These legends can be entertaining but often concern serious topics. They may also be confirmation of moral standards, or reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties. Urban legends are most often circulated orally but can be spread by any media, including newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes and seem impervious to exposure as untrue. about a person who lost all their life savings to a scam may have more emotional appeal than a factual account of how scammers operate and how to avoid them.
Another reason is that urban legends can be more relatable and easier to understand than the technical details of scams. People may feel overwhelmed by the complexity of scams and the many different tactics used by scammers. Urban legends, on the other hand, often present a clear and simple story that people can easily grasp.
In addition, urban legends can play into people’s fears and anxieties, which can make them more compelling. For example, an urban legend about a 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. who preys on the elderly may resonate with people who worry about their elderly loved ones falling victim to scams or who are themself elderly and was a victim of such a 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..
Despite these factors, it is important for scam victims to focus on their learning process and real scams and scammers rather than getting caught up in urban legends. While urban legends may be entertaining and emotionally satisfying, they do not provide the necessary information to protect oneself from actual scams. Learning about the warning signs of scams, how scammers operate, and how to protect oneself can help prevent future victimizationVictimization Victimization (or victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. The field that studies the process, rates, incidence, effects, and prevalence of victimization is called victimology..
Why Do Scam Victims Stop Or Give Up On The Learning Process?
After falling victim to a scam and the immediate threat has passed, some scam victims may stop or give up on learning more about scams and scammers.
Here are a few possible reasons why:
- Relief and Denial: Once the immediate threat has passed and the victim has recovered from the initial shock, they may feel relieved and want to move on from the experience. They may not want to dwell on the scam and may even try to deny that it happened.
- ShameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. and Embarrassment: Scam victims may feel ashamed and embarrassed that they fell for a scam. This can make them hesitant to talk about the experience or seek help, which can also prevent them from learning more about scams and how to avoid them in the future.
- Lack of Trust: After being scammed, some victims may lose trust in others, including those who are offering information or assistance related to scams. They may be hesitant to trust anyone, including legitimate sources of information on scams and scammers.
- Overwhelmed: Learning about scams and scammers can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Scam victims may be dealing with other issues related to the scam, such as financial and emotional fallout, which can make it difficult to find the time and energy to learn more about scams.
- Sense of Powerlessness: Some scam victims may feel powerless and helpless after being scammed. They may believe that they cannot protect themselves from future scams, which can make it difficult to find the motivation to learn more about scams and scammers.
- Recovery Fatigue: learn more about that here.
While these factors may make it difficult for scam victims to continue learning about scams and scammers after the immediate threat has passed, it is important for them to do so. Learning about scams and scammers can help prevent future victimization and may even empower them to take action against scammers. Seeking out reputable sources of information, such as government consumer protection agencies and SCARS, are good starting points for victims who want to learn more.
The Importance Of The Learning Process For Every Crime Victim!
Learning is crucial for every crime victim, as it can help them recover from 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. of the crime and prevent future victimization.
Here are some reasons why learning is important for crime victims:
- Understanding the Crime: Learning about the details of the crime can help victims make sense of what happened to them. It can also help them better understand the motivations of the perpetrator and how the crime could have been prevented.
- Coping with Trauma: Many crime victims experience trauma, which can have long-lasting effects on their mental healthMental health Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". According to WHO, mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others". From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines "mental health". and wellbeing. Learning about trauma and how to cope with it can help victims manage their emotions and begin the healing process.
- Preventing Future Victimization: Learning about crime prevention can help victims protect themselves and their loved ones from future victimization. This may involve learning about safety tips, self-defense techniques, and how to spot warning signs of potential criminal activity.
- Seeking Justice: Victims of crime may be motivated to seek justice by holding the perpetrator accountable for their actions. Learning about the criminal justice system and victims’ rights can help them navigate the legal process and advocate for their rights.
- Empowerment: Learning about crime and victimization can empower victims to take control of their lives and move forward after a traumatic event. By gaining knowledge and skills related to crime prevention, safety, and coping with trauma, victims can regain a sense of control over their lives.
Learning is an essential component of recovery and future prevention for crime victims. It can help them understand the crime, cope with trauma, prevent future victimization, seek justice, and feel empowered.
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Our managed peer supportPeer support Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting content and/or feelings), or in a support group. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self-help organizations and others meet, in person or online, to give each other connection and support on a reciprocal basis. Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Trained peer support workers such as SCARS Volunteers receive special training and may be required to obtain Continuing Education Units, similar to clinical staff. Some other trained peer support workers may also be law-enforcement personnel and firefighters as well as emergency medical responders. groups allow victims to talk to other survivorsSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on Anyscam.com and recover in the most experienced environment possible, for as long as they need. Recovery takes as long as it takes – we put no limits on our support!
SCARS is the most trusted support & education provider in the world. Our team is certified in trauma-informedTrauma-Informed Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” A trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care needs to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective care services with a healing orientation. Adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes. care, grief 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., and so much more!
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We also offer separate 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. for family & friends too.
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SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide
LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN
This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as trauma counseling or therapy, qualified support groups, or completely independent – on your own!
The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.
After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.
The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!
SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!
A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims
HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS
This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.
The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.
Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scams work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.
SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer
ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!
Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you
Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!
As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.
The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.
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