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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.™ CAUTION: Fake Surveys Of 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. Victims
SCARS has long used surveys and polls to help refine our services as well as to inform our crime victims’ advocacy actions with government and other global organizations.
It is important to fully understand how victims respond to 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 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 the methods they use in coping. Plus it allows a better understanding of the skills both victims and the public acquires in avoiding future scams. These are legitimate studies and they respect our members’ and general public rights to privacy and are bound under the SCARS’ Code of Conduct and the NOVA Standard for Crime Victims’ Assistance.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A SURGE OF AMATEUR AND EVEN 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. CREATED POLLS & SURVEYS TARGETING VICTIMS WORLDWIDE!
We want to urge caution when considering any poll or survey on any topic, but especially if you are the victim of an online crime!
You know that scammers maintain “victims lists” or “sucker lists” and they are using surveys & polls as a means to get inside your heads so that they can tailor secondary scams against you.
SCARS will not recommend or introduce surveys or polls to our members, victims, or audience unless they meet these criteria:
- Are SCARS approved
- Is provided by
- SCARS or our Member Groups, or
- From a government agency or other recognized NGO or Nonprofit, or
- From an academic research organization or institution or university – clearly identified
SCARS is proud to work with, as we have in the past, with leading universities studying the processes and effects of online scams on victims & their families. SCARS will continue to support this important research.
In addition, SCARS – through our websites and social media will, from time to time, conduct our own research, studies, surveys, and polls to help us better understand your needs and tune our FREE victims’ services to help you. No strings attached.
Remember, all of the SCARS services for victims are FREE. In addition, we conform to our own SCARS Code of Conduct and the NOVA Standard – these prohibit the sale or sharing of victim information with third parties without the victim’s content and knowledge. In this regard, we are committed to complying with the GDPR and other applicable privacy regulations and standards to the maximum extent possible.
We are very concerned about surveys now in circulation because many are directly from scammers or individuals that have no ethical commitment to your safety.
Here is an example of one survey – that appears to come from an individual “researcher” (as in an amateur looking to connect with victims) that we prohibited because there was no legitimate institution behind it, there was no commitment to the privacy of the victims, nor even any proper identification of the individual behind it.
We recommend NEVER taking a survey regarding scams, scam victims, your trauma, your recovery, or other related subjects unless:
- It is SCARS Authorized & Approved
- Displays the SCARS or the SCARS|ANALYTICS logos
Remember, that you are your own first line of defense against scams and scammers.
We will be happy to tell you if something like this is safe. You can reach us by:
- You can leave a comment on this post to ask
- You can contact us through Facebook: m.me/SCARS.News.And.Information or m.me/SCARS.SocietyAgainst.org
- You can send us an email: contact@AgainstScams.org
It is always best to be safe rather than sorry, right? After all, that is what brought you here in the first place!
STAY SAFE, ALWAYS
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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- U.S. State Police (if you live in the U.S.) – they will take the matter more seriously and provide you with more help than local police
- Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. « www.IC3.gov »
- The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network on « www.Anyscam.com »
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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