(Last Updated On: March 24, 2022)

SCARS™ Quick Commentary: Why Report Scams?


No one does anything and no one cares, right?


There are two Reasons for Reporting these crimes:

  1. So authorities know the true scope
  2. To relieve that burden from your soul!

Reporting is important because only about 5% of scam victims report scams. That is why governments around the world are just waking up to these crimes – because even 5% now is a huge number. Imagine if they knew about 100% 20 years ago?

NOT reporting become a burden on you. It’s a dirty little secret that victims hide away and have to live with. Reporting releases that and you will know then that you did all that you could to help stop the menace.

But there is an even more important reason for you to report YOUR scam. It is the first step in taking back control from the scammer. Silence is what the scammer wants, it is how they live and breed in the silence of their victims.

By reporting you are breaking the cycle of manipulation and standing up for yourself. You are asserting your own control over your situation. That is incredibly liberating, maybe not at first but it is that first major step towards a future without the remnants of manipulation, a life under YOUR control.

As you try to recover you don’t need any extra baggage. You already have plenty. Reporting is a way of throwing away a ton or two of extra baggage, filling it full of dynamite and watching it blow up!

Reporting is a scary process because it is also the moment where you are truly admitting to real people that you were scammed – this is one of the main reasons why most victims avoid it – but it is a release once it is done. You are no longer the child afraid to tell your parents you got a bad grade on a school test!

This is why recovery requires just three things, but if you do not do them, you are not recovering, you are in denial.

To Recover You Must:

  1. End the scam – block all contact – stop talking to strangers
  2. Report the scam – police, FBI, and Anyscam.com
  3. Ask for help – join a support group and if needed local counseling or therapy

Notice we did not say tell your family and friends. That is your business for now, but to truly release yourself from the scammers conditioning and manipulation you will have to do that too – but that will be when you are ready, and in some families, there may never be the right time – only you know when or if that is right for you.

But the three requirements are the difference between recovery or carrying this with you forever. After helping thousands of victims and modeling our recovery program after the 100 years of work in this field we know what we are talking about.

As we have said before not everyone will recover. Some let anger or their savior complex rule them, some let denial rule them. Those are beyond our abilities to help. But if you do the three things and work on your recovery then you can get through this and come out of it in a good place.

We always hope that you choose wisely.

But it is your choice. Now think about the last choice you made and how that turned out. Does this sound like a better choice?


SCARS the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Incorporated

Tim McGuinness, Ph.D.

Chairman & Founder
Miami Florida U.S.A.


TAGS: Reporting Scammers, Police Report, FBI Report, Anyscam.com. Take Control, End Your Scam,



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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:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov »)
  3. 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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