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This is the most complete and authoritative website on romance & relationship scams of all types. This is a safe place for you to learn and help yourself to recover. We provide information for every stage of the scam experience, from avoidance, to discovery, to the aftermath and recovery. Take time to browse our home page and look through our sections and articles. We are not amateurs, we are the world’s leading nonprofit organization supporting victims worldwide with 30 years of experience. This website is for you, please use it. We wish you all the best getting through your experience!

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Money Recovery ProgramsMoney Recovery Programs Money Recovery Programs are government mandated or managed programs that help victims recover some or all of their money. Currently, there are two major programs operating for MoneyGram and WesternUnion. See our articles on these fore details.

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Find CounselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling.

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We help you learn about the latest trends in Romance Scams / Pig Butchering Scams, but also about all other scam types being deployed around the world. We also provide the most complete information to help scam victims understand the nature of these crimes and how to effectively recover from them.

Welcome to SCARS™ Website Supporting Scam Victims Worldwide

This is one of our SCARS Official Websites to help Romance Scams / Pig Butchering Scams and other types of cyber-enabled (scam) victims find information about how their scams happened, what to do next, and how to recover after they are over.

SCARS is the Society of Citizens Against Relationship ScamsSCARS 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 to learn more about SCARS. Inc. – 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. incorporated crime victims’ assistance nonprofit organization supporting scam victims worldwide. We are partnered with government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the U.S. federal executive department (under the President) responsible for public security, roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management. for Crime Victims’ Assistance and the Federal Trade Commission as a Sentinel Reporting Partner.

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SCARS Scam SurvivorSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on’s Journal

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SCARS™ Guide: What Can You Expect After A Scam

RSN™ Guide: What Can You Expect After A Scam

Immediately After A Scam, You Will Have Questions

Here is our After-Scam Reality Check! It is blunt but to the point – you need proper expectations to move forward with your recovery.

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Based upon our almost 30 Years of Experience this is what you should expect: You Have Been Scammed And You Can’t Undo It. You Must Report The Crime To Your Local PoliceLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. Even Though They Can’t Arrest The Scammer – But The Report Still Matters. You Will Not Be Able To Recover Your Money That You Sent To The Scammer.

SCARS™ Guide: After The Scam Comes Disaster

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This Guide Will Help You Understand The Hard Times That Come After A Scam

You all know what you felt after you discovered your scam. Heartache, despair, rageRage Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, trigger, hurt or threat. About one-third of scam victims become trapped in anger for extended periods of time following a scam. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion that triggers a part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability. and anger, depression. The whole range of traumatic emotions that follow something like this.

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Some victims give away huge sums of money, from thousands to over a million. We know that scams are both an emotional dependency that results in grief after it ends, as well as an addiction that results in withdrawal after it is over. There have been massive amounts written about the impact on people’s lives when they experience these things.

SCARS™ Guide: What Does Recovery Mean For A Victim?

What Does Recovery Mean for Victims of Romance Scams / Pig Butchering Scams

What Does Recovery Mean For A Scam Victim?

Learn what the road ahead will be like for a romance scam victim. Learn about the stages of recovery and what these will mean to you personally.

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Scams are complex in that they involve psychological traumatization, addiction, and financial difficulty. We will help you understand and transition from Victim to SurvivorSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on to help you understand each stage of recovery. Being a Survivor does not mean that you have recovered, but that you have taken control of your recovery and are actively working on it towards a positive goal.

Being Involved in a Scam Can Sometimes Bring Serious Legal Consequences

Do not hide or turn away from these – they will only get worse

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Articles on Potential Legal Consequences

NOTE: SCARS, its team & employees, directors & advisors, volunteers & partners are not offering any legal advice nor are we attorneys. The information presented is for educational purposes only. You are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of a licensed attorney before taking any action that can affect you.

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About Money MuleMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes.
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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.’s

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For Family & Friends of Victims of Romance Scams / Pig Butchering Scams

Friends and Family – Understanding Romance Scams

A Guide for Friends and Family of Romance Scam Survivors

This Guide is intended for Family and Friends to Better Understand Romance Scams

This is presented in the hope that it will help scam victims to explain what happened to them. We hope that by reading this you can understand that the victim was not at fault but was professionally manipulated beyond their will and control.

A Romance Scam Is An Unusual Crime. It Starts With Just Saying Hello.

The internet was conceived as a place for all of us to come together, connect with new people, people from all over the world. We could learn about each other’s cultures, lives, and histories, and make the world a smaller happier place. Or so went the theory.

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It can be a great challenge to help a family member or a friend recognize they are being scammed, helping them end it, and then supporting them through recovery!

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Family & Friends Scam Victim Interventions


Family’s Guide To Intervening With A Victim In Denial

One of the great tragedies is having a friend or family member trapped in a romance scam who will not believe what others see. They are trapped so deeply in the scam that they refuse to see the truth. This guide will help you with the options available to you, and ways to try to convince the victim of the truth that is so obvious to you and their family or friends.

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How To Confront Scam Victims In Total Denial

SCARS Guide To Confronting Scam Victims In Complete DenialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.

When you care for someone who is a Romance Scam Victims in total denial there is little difference between them and a drug addict. It is incredibly difficult in so many ways for you and everyone else that knows and cares for them. This Guide will help you understand how to approach them and achieve results.

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Additional Important Information For Families & Friends

Get the SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Family & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS Guide Book For Family & Friendsl

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim – during and after their scam. This book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam.

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If You Have An Elderly Family Member

Sadly one of the options that family members may have to consider is consulting a Family Law Attorney
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Consult your local attorney licensing body for attorneys in your country.

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Fake Soldiers & Military Impersonation Scams [Stolen Valor]

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Attention Fake Soldier Scam Victims!

SCARS is participating in an important University Study about Military Stolen Valor Scams. We need your help to make this research a success. It is totally confidential – you do not even have to use your name!

Click here to learn about this important research – New Research Study on Stolen Valor – Military Scams

RSN™ Guide: U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams

Online Romance Scam Information About Stolen Soldier Identities

Impersonation & Identity Theft Of United States Army Soldiers – If You Suspect Someone Then They ARE A Scammer

You may have a suspicion about someone you have met online. You may not know it yet but your instincts picked up on something out of place (below we explain the Red Flags in more detail). Go with your gut – if it feels wrong it is!

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Where Are U.S. Military Forces Worldwide
RSN™ Guide To Military Ranks

SCARS™ Guide: United States Military & Social Media

So much of the information spread around about scammers and fake military is nothing but an urban legendUrban Legend Urban Legend An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a genre of modern folklore comprising stories circulated as true, especially on social media. These legends can be entertaining but often concern serious topics. They may also be confirmation of moral standards, or reflect prejudices, or be a way to make sense of societal anxieties. Urban legends are most often circulated orally but can be spread by any media, including newspapers, mobile news apps, e-mail, and social media. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes and seem impervious to exposure as untrue.. False information, misinterpretation, or rumors spread like lice in a preschool. This article will help to clear up many of these preconceptions that are nothing but urban legends and replace them with fact.

Yes, the United States has military personnel in EVERY country on Earth (except a handful). Most of these are assigned to United States Embassies, however, there are active military missions in over 100 countries – mostly fighting terrorists around the globe. Not since World War 2 has there been deployment of United States and NATO forces in more counties.

Find the information you need to know if someone is real or fake here.

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RSN™ Guide: How To Spot Fake United States Military ID Cards

Right Up Front – If Someone Sends You A Photo Of Their ID Card They ARE A Scammer!

That is because it is illegal for United States Military personnel to copy their ID cards. It is that simple!

However, so many people want to understand how to make sure they are fakes that we have created the following.

United States Military ID Cards Are Called “CAC” – Common Access Cards.  The CAC, a “smart” card about the size of a credit card, is the standard identification for active duty uniformed Service personnel, Selected Reserve, U.S. Department of Defence [DoD] civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel.  It is also the principal card used to enable physical access to buildings and controlled spaces, and it provides access to DoD computer networks and systems.

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With over ONE BILLION (more than 1,000,000,000) fake identities online, there are plenty of scammers to go around. 1 Billion is AFTER the social media companies delete nearly 1 billion a year! That is how big this all is! And there are nearly a million new victims a year. You are far from being alone in this.

The Odds Are Nearly 100% That The Soldier Who Contacted You Out Of The Blue Is A Scammer!

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