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A Special Report from SCARS™ – Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.

Every Scam Victim Needs To Read This

Anti-Scam Quackery & The Need For Professionalism

Quackery, Often Synonymous With Many Different Types Of Fraud, Is The Promotion Of Fraudulent Or Ignorant Practices

A “Quack” is a “fraudulent or ignorant pretender to professional skill” or “a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, qualification or credentials they do not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman”. In other words, a Fake!

Common elements of general quackery include questionable recommendations for a range of approaches to everything from healthcare to legal advice, as well as untested or refuted information or treatments for mental conditions, especially for serious diseases such as PTSD or depression. Quackery is often described as “health fraud” with the salient characteristic of aggressive promotion. Except, in this case, it is Anti-Scam Quackery by leading victims to non-professional, incompetent, or incorrect solutions and advice.

Quacks also engage the overt attacking of legitimate professional service providers by name. Quacks tend to view themselves as “pure” providers because they are not encumbered by professional standards or organizations. They are purely interested in the outcome – though in truth they have no idea how to get there.

Anti-Scam Quackery

Anti-Scam Quacks are so numerous that the numbers can almost not be believed. They number in the thousands on Facebook alone.

Some are a single person hiding behind their page, others are small groups of “friends” (meaning victims) that may be well-intentioned but without any real formalization.

Many claim they are just there to see things change, to get awareness or scammers arrested. They even claim they will step away once the goal has been achieved.

Yet in many cases, they actually do more harm than good by leading victims away from real solutions and real support.

Real Victims Support & Assistance

Let’s Describe What Is Real Victims’ Assistance, Support, And Advocacy Actually Is

Victim assistance programs vary significantly but generally provide services to victims as they recover from the crime and proceed through the criminal justice process. Attempts to meet victims’ needs have been forged on two fronts: victims’ rights advocates lobby for and assert the rights of victims to have a primary role in the administration of justice, while community support groups attempt to address the personal crises that may follow from victimization. (SCARS engages in both.)

What Should A Victims Assistance Provider Be?

A Victims Assistance provider could be any group or organization that is professionally trained, certified, and registered with their government as a real crime victims’ assistance organization. That would obviously not be a quack.

Worldwide there are only four such organizations that focus on online crime or cybercrime victims – one in the United States, one in Japan, one in Scandinavia, and one in China. Needless to say that there are thousands of such organizations that help other kinds of crime victims just in the United States alone.

There are crime victim assistance entities that focus on different types of crime – all of them being tax-exempt nonprofit incorporated companies as well as the professionals that work with them (or their volunteers.)

These victims assistance organizations and professionals cover a multitude of