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.™ Insight: Knowledge Matters To 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
Why Is Knowledge And Education So Important For Romance Scam Victims?
One of the main reasons you were scammed was ignorance about the real risks online. Not only ignorance of the risks, but also a lack of general awareness about the trends that affect your life online.
A big part of the recovery process is regaining control of your own life and being able to evaluate the risks that surround you. But to be able to do that you need knowledge and awareness
Learning what really happened to you will allow you to see that there is no 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. in what happened to you. You were dealing with a trillion-dollar industry that is expert in manipulating victims. Your adversary was simply better prepared, but you can learn to avoid future 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 help guide all of your friends and family about online safety.
Education And Recovery Go Hand In Hand!
Education is a powerful force for anyone going through recovery. Learning more about the world improves your quality of life, but it also helps keep you grounded in reality and the moment.
Learning about scams is essential to your recovery, but also learning new things or even going for a degree can help you get a better job, earn more income, and increase your sense of self-worth.
For any victim in recovery, these are all important factors.
Education can help you learn about your crime, about yourself and your choices, and can occupy your mind and take the place of thoughts about your scam. Embrace learning and education to strengthen your recovery and your resolve to resist ever being a victim again.
Your education begins as you work through your SCARS recovery process.
If you are getting professional help from a therapist, counselor, or other specialist or a team of experts at a facility, you are already learning about your own mind and the things that created the foundation for the scam and the dependency that followed. You are also learning about yourself and your motivations. Real experts can help you investigate your choices and examine your past to help you learn how the scam has been at work in your life. This personal education can be a powerful way to help you heal.
WARNING: There are thousands of fake and amateur instant experts out there that will lead you astray from real recovery. Make sure that you are only learning from a credible source, such as SCARS (which is a government registeredgovernment-registered It means to be registered with departments or agencies of the government. In the case of SCARS, we are registered with state and federal governments in the United States, Europe & Asia. SCARS is registered as a crime victims' assistance nonprofit with agencies of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. And is incorporated in the State of Florida as a nonprofit corporation. crime victims’ assistance provider) or a licensed mental healthcare professional.
As you go through recovery you should also learn about the psychology of scams » and the related addiction from an external perspective. Read up on how the psychology of scamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them. work, how the scam has affected your brain and body, and how other recovering victims have coped and been successful in recovery. This knowledge is power and will only strengthen your ability to recover and stay safe online in the future.
How Can Education Help Me After Recovery?
Education can also help you stay safe and scam-free after you have completed your recovery. Recovery should be a time for intense self-learning and for devoting yourself to learning about how this happened and the role it has played in your life. Once you are firmly in recovery, education can help you stay that way. One of the most powerful tools to help you avoid becoming scammed again is finding something, or many things, to replace your habit – the habit of talking to and accepting total strangers online into your life. Some people turn to religion, others devote themselves to exercise, while some develop new hobbies or are focused on work. All are useful in helping to fill the void the scam relationship left
You can use any healthful activity to replace your fake relationship, but one of the best is education.
Pick up wherever you left off.
If this means going back to high school, enroll in an adult education program or work toward your high school equivalency diploma. If you never made it to college, search for programs that meet your needs. There many choices. Start out at a community college to take a couple of introductory courses online, or apply to a university and start working toward a degree. If you have a career in mind, look for programs and schools that will help you achieve your goals. Remember, online learning is much less expensive and far more flexible.
By focusing attention on education and learning, there’s less room for thoughts about what happened and surprisingly more room for thoughts about your future.
Education can’t solve all of your problems, but it can be a powerful way to help you improve yourself, enhance your life, and recover from the disaster of your romance scam.
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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 »
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