Psychology of Scams

What we know about how scams work on the brain and how scammers manipulate their victims

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Catfish Fetishists: The Men Who Get Off on Getting Scammed Online??

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Catfish Fetishists: The Men Who Get Off on Getting Scammed Online?? "CATFISHISM" Appears To Be A Thing Now! Who Knew? There appears to be a growing number of men involved in "catfishism," a fetish centered around getting scammed on the internet. These men willingly hand over their money (as much as hundreds of dollars at a time) to fake impersonator scammers who present themselves as beautiful women on social media, but [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Victim Response To Fear Is Anger!

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Victim Response To Fear Is Anger! After A Scam Many Victims Are In Panic And Experience Fear & Anger Victims Experience Real Trauma After The Scam Is Discovered And Then Fear Sets in The panic can come from several directions: Fear caused by the realization that is was all lies Fear caused by the awareness of the risk of exposure - because of information shared with the scammer Fear [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Victim Recovery Book Club: Recommended Book – The White Knight Syndrome: Rescuing Yourself from Your Need to Rescue Others

SCARS|RSN™ Victim Recovery Book Club: Recommended Book - The White Knight Syndrome: Rescuing Yourself from Your Need to Rescue Others By Mary C. Lamia  (Author), Marilyn J. Krieger  (Author) Rescuing Others, Losing Yourself Excerpt: Are you a white knight? Are you attracted to needy, damaged, or helpless people? Do you feel like your love can heal your partner? Are you overly involved in your partner's problems? Are you hungry for constant reassurance in relationships? Do you make [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Support: Open Letter To A Victim In Pain

SCARS|RSN™ Support: Open Letter To A Victim In Pain We had a victim come to us in a rage over wanting to find her scammer. It appears she is not listening. We hope this information makes its way to her! Here Is Her Last Message To Us: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - " My [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Confronting Scammers & The Guilt or Flip Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Confronting Scammers & The Guilt or Flip Scam What Happens When You Confront Your Scammer? They Lie Of Course! We See And Hear This Literally Every Day A victim discovers the scam and confronts the scammer. We tell them not to, but few listen - it's full steam ahead until they slow down and learn. Not Thinking Clearly Let Us First Say, We Are Not Attempting To Call Victims Stupid We are [...]

White Knight Syndrome – Rescuing Damsels In Distress And Getting Scammed – A SCARS|RSN Guide

White Knight Syndrome - Rescuing Damsels In Distress And Getting Scammed - A SCARS|RSN Guide Many Men Feal An Immediate Compulsion To Rescue Women In Need This quickly opens the door for fake female romance scams. What Is White Knight Syndrome? The "White Knight Syndrome" is also called "The Hero Syndrome."  Not to be confused with Savior Syndrome » White Knight Syndrome is a term used to describe someone who feels compelled to [...]

Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? Why Do They Ask To Chat Somewhere Else? First, it is important to understand the risks of social media for scammers. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are high-value properties for scammers and they are easily lost. It takes time to create a profile and if they are talking with 20 victims they can't have all of that activity on their profile. So they [...]

New Book From Best Selling Author Elina Juusola – Love on the Line:: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation  – SCARS|RSN™ Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery: New Book From Best Selling Author Elina Juusola - Love on the Line:: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation  A New Work from Elina Juusola, Bestselling Author and SCARS Board Member Overview How can you become a victim of a romance scam and recover from the experience without harm? Elina Juusola, researcher and a feminist was living a low time of her life. She was struggling with her health [...]

Visualization For Recovery – A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Jackie Corbett

A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Jackie Corbett The following is a Guest Editorial by Jackie Corbett - a leading Anti-Scam Victims Advocate, SCARS Board Member, and Scam Survivor. Jackie plays a leading role in directly helping scam victims to recover, and is both an Advisor and Board Member of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. Visualization For Recovery VISUALIZATION IS A USEFUL TOOL FOR SCAM VICTIMS Can you remember a time you felt [...]

Victim’s 7 Deadly Sins – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Recovery: Victim's 7 Deadly Sins When Scam Victims Cross The Line WARNING: This Is Going To Be A Fire And Brimstone Kind Of Sermon About Scam Victims Its purpose is not to blame, shame, or condemn, but to help recent victims understand that their after-scam decisions have just as many consequences as their decision to let their scammer in. Who Are We To Talk About This? SCARS is a victims assistance and support [...]

How Fear Affects You After A Scam – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: How Fear Affects You After A Scam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If You Are Overcome By Fear And You Need Someone To Talk To Now Call This Number: Call 1-800-273-8255 Or Your Local Crisis Hotline - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [...]

Psychology of Scams Part 1 – SCARS|PODCAST™

Psychology of Scams Part 1 - SCARS|PODCAST™ Happy Saint Patrick's Day! To learn more about the Psychology of Scams Click Here » If you want to share this podcast, click on the link below To download a copy of this SCARS Podcast MP3 file click here » To Hear All Of Our SCARS|PODCASTS™ Click Here » - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [...]

ASMR – Using Your Brain & Body Against You – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: ASMR - Using Your Brain & Body Against You The Following Is An Summarization & Analysis Of A Scammer Manipulative Technique From SCARS|RESEARCH We encourage you to explore this topic futher. Introduction In the exploration for the psychological triggers and controls of the Romance Scam phenomena, we have looked at and discussed several different ways that scammers manipulate and control their victims. These included triggering something called an Amygdala Hijack », [...]

Real Victims’ Assistance – SCARS|RSN™ Recovery & Support [Infographic]

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery & Support: Real Victims' Assistance [Infographic] Scam Victims Pass Through Stages On Their Way To Healing And Recovery But Are Easily Held Back By Bad Support THE ROMANCE SCAM VICTIM FUNNEL EFFECT The Romance Scam Victim Funnel Effect - Infographic Poster About Most Anti-Scam Groups Most anti-scam groups are complete amateurs or fakes that offer no real help! They feed off of romance scam victims' fear and anger. Forcing an endless [...]

Removing The Face Of Your Scammer – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Removing The Face Of Your Scammer A Recovery Technique: How To Recover And Remove The Face Of The Scammer What is the way to put the face (from your scam) behind you? This is going to sound strange, but this is solid psychology. You need to move on and recover from the scam, but how can you when the face you connected with is still in your head? One Way To [...]

Scam Victim Surrender – SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Surrender There Comes A Point In The Scam When the Victim Just Surrenders And Sends The Money Renowned authors Sanford Strong ("Strong on Defense" ») and J.J. Bittenbinder ("Tough Target" ») point out that: "when someone is told a lie they desperately want to believe, they’re going to believe it" It's About Emotion, Not Logic Think about the first time you fell in love or a time when someone [...]

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