All Scam/Financial Fraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.
A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. Victims Need Support
Unfortunately, studies show that only about 12% of crime victims seek out professional support from either real support providers or therapy professionals.
All too often, victims turn to family & friends, or worse, self-proclaimed experts!
Victim support groups can be an important source of emotional support for people who have been the victims of scams 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. or financial fraud. These groups can provide a safe and supportive space for people to share their experiences, discuss their emotions, and receive encouragement and advice from others who have been through similar experiences. Being part of a victim support 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. can help people feel less isolated and alone, and can provide them with a sense of community and belonging. Victim support groups can also be a helpful resource for people who are looking for information about how to recover from financial fraud and scams, and for ideas about how to move forward and protect themselves in the future.
Why Haven’t You Applied To Join A SCARS Support & Recovery Group Yet?
We bring together small groups of people, fully screened for your safety and to keep out scammers!
SCARS Groups meet online in our dedicated Facebook groups, separated by stage of recovery.
WE OFFER GROUPS FOR:
- New Victims – Arrivers – up to 9 months from the end of the scam.
- Survivors 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 – for as long as they need support
- Thrivers – social connections with recovered scam survivors
- Family & Friends – helping those the scam also touched
- Lite Support – for those that do not want as much
Our groups are available to its members 24/7 – there is always someone ready to help when you need it.
We have mixed (women & men) groups, and women-only groups too!
SCARS is inclusive, we never discriminate based on race, culture, religion, gender, or national origin – we support people worldwide!
Currently, we directly offer SCARS Groups in English, and separately in Spanish. However, we have partners in more than 60 countries to help in other languages too.
Each group is professionally facilitated by a real certified trauma-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. expert team: warm, grounded, and energizing humans that help keep members on the right path.
Our Arrivers & Survivors Groups have weekly zoom calls for face-to-face human connections, to hear each other’s stories, learn about these crimes, and how to overcome them. Moderated by our professional team.
SCARS Support & Recovery groups are always FREE are engineered to help you feel understood and feel less alone. To help educate you about why these crimes happened – that it was not your fault – it was a violation, something that was done to you without your consent!
We give you a place to share, vent, and process life—outside of friends and family. We provide a true, competent level of support that no amateur anti-scam hate group can.
Our group members give you multiple, diverse perspectives on these crimes, life, and each person’s path to recovery.
Our groups are designed to give you “me” time when you need it.
WHAT WE DO IN OUR GROUPS:
- SCARS Groups are about digging *deep*
- SCARS Groups are all about sharing openly, as you are ready
- SCARS Groups are all about asking curious questions and learning
- SCARS Groups are all about active listening
- SCARS Groups are about being honest and upfront, even if it’s uncomfortable
- SCARS Groups are about challenging each other
- SCARS Groups are to get better at being human, together.
WE NAVIGATE TOPICS SUCH AS:
- Finding answers
- Understanding your emotions
- How to navigate through the recovery & life transitions
- New life chapters
- Relationships challenges, with family & friends
- Finding purpose
- Work-life recovery balance
- Managing stress, focusing on processing grief and working with mental healthcare professionals on trauma 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.
- Loneliness after the scam ends
- How to get the most from your counseling 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. & therapy
- And much, much more
To get started, just visit support.AgainstScams.org and answer a few questions to help us understand the kind of help you need, and if SCARS is right for you!
It’s not hard, and you know you need it! Plus they are always free,
We hope to see you in a SCARS Support Group soon!
SCARS is a government-registered crime victims’ assistance and crime prevention nonprofit organization (NGO) based in the U.S. (with a satellite office in Mexico) supporting scam victims worldwide. We provide support services and recovery programs, as well as being a primary educator for scam avoidance, discovery, and recovery. You can visit our corporate website at www.AgainstScams.org You can also learn more about our education at www.RomanceScamsNOW.com
SCARS provides support & education for financial fraud victims worldwide.
Please NOTE: that while the SCARS Team is certified in trauma-informed care and grief counseling, and many other disciplines, we are not a mental healthcare provider. We do not provide counseling & therapy directly. But we do offer counseling & therapy benefits through our partnership with BetterHelp.com as a benefit of our SCARS Membership (http://membership.AgainstScams.org)
SCARS does recommend to every victim of financial fraud that you not only report these crimes to your local police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. but that you also obtain trauma counseling or therapy to help you overcome these crimes.