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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.™ 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.: Chasing Your Money – A Psychological Trap
Don’t Get Caught Chasing The Money – That Path Can Lead To Addiction
A specific form of self-entrapment that some romance 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 struggle with is the urge to chase their losses. This is a syndromeSyndrome It is a group of symptoms that can consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms. very common to gamblers too!
Chasing losses simply mean trying to win back the money you’ve already lost by gambling more. In the case of romance scam victims, it means not giving up on the fake relationship and even sending more money because of the fear of total loss – loss of the relationship and loss of the money already sent. This is especially prevalent after large amounts of money have been sent.
The Deeper The Hole The More You Want To Dig!
Unfortunately, chasing usually results in only one thing: more losses – which can then lead to more chasing – creating a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break.
Research to date shows that pathologically gamblers and drug addicts, and we believe romance scam victims also share many of the same genetic predispositions for impulsivity and reward seeking.
Just as substance addicts require increasingly strong hits to get high, compulsive romance scam victims pursue ever riskier ventures. Likewise, both drug addicts and problem victim endure symptoms of withdrawal when separated from the chemical or thrill they desire – namely the fake romantic relationship. And a few studies suggest that some people are especially vulnerable to both drug addiction and compulsive scamming because their reward circuitry is inherently underactive—which may partially explain why they succumb to scam in the first place.
Even more compelling, neuroscientists the romance 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 gambling alter many of the same brain circuits in similar ways. These insights come from studies of blood flow and electrical activity in people’s brains as they complete various tasks on computers that either mimic casino games or test their impulse control – unfortunately, no studies are yet available that tested romance scam victims in similar ways – but it is believed the scam and gambling produce the same results in the brain.
Romance Scams May Be As Powerfully Addictogenic As Gambling!
When we look at the behaviorBehavior Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. of romance scam victims we see strong parallels with addicted gamblers, and applying gambling addition to romance scam victims provides a template to better understand the victims’ behaviors during the scam. Ironically, the addiction (mostly) ends with the discovery of the scam. However, just like with addicted gamblers, scam many victims return to searching for their next “high” by going right back out and exposing themselves to the next 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..
To learn about this is first hand – listen to a victim describe this in her own words »
We welcome your comments and insights into this subject and hope that you will share your own experiences to help others!
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Please Note: the purpose of our articles on the Psychology of Scam is not to present scientific papers but to help scam victims both understand their experiences and to provide a framework to discuss these issues with their counselors or therapists. This information is presented for education and entertainment purposes only. All psychological diagnosis should always be performed by a licensed 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". professional.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
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
- 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 HERE or 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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