For Family & Friends – Article Catalog

For Family & Friends - Article Catalog Helping Family & Friends of Scam Victims The basics of relationship scams, what to look for, and how to help! A SCARS Topic Collection Information For The Friends & Family Of New Scam Victims Before and after the scam, the victim is going to be under strong manipulation and going to be confused, in denial, maybe angry, certainly traumatized, and you need [...]

Recovery from Scams – Article Catalog

Recovery from Scams - Article Catalog The Pathway for Recovering Scam Victims From the basics to self-help to moderated professional recovery! Learn what recovering from a relationship scam is all about! A SCARS Topic Collection After The Scam, Your Life Is In Chaos! Impulses Are Driving You In All Directions But There Is A Right Path For Scam Victims! After your scam, you have to gain enough control [...]

Psychology of Scams – Article Catalog

Psychology of Scams The How & Why of Scam Psychology From Approach & Selection to Capture & Grooming, to Manipulation & Containment! Learn the answers to why this happened to someone like You! A SCARS Topic Collection Our Human Psychology Enables Us To Be Scammed! We Are Built To Be Manipulated And Scammers Know How To Do This! However, the more you know about these psychological processes, the [...]

Do You Hate Your Scammer?

Do You Hate Your Scammer? Hate Is An Incredibly Destructive Emotion That Prevents Recovery After A Scam! A SCARS Insight Why Do You Hate Your Scammer? Originally Published 2018 / Updated September 2021 We Have A Few Serious Questions For Scam Victims: Do You Know Who Your Scammer Is? Do You Hate Your Scammer? Can You Ever Forgive Your Scammer? When You Say To Yourself That You Can't Forgive Your [...]

Removing The Face Of Your Scammer From Your Mind

Removing The Face Of Your Scammer From Your Mind The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Removing The Face Of Your Scammer From Your Mind 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 [...]

After The Scam – Victims Frequently Engage In Self-Defeating Behaviors

After The Scam - Victims Frequently Engage In Self-Defeating Behaviors Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Self-Destructive Behavior & Scam Victims After the scam, how you view yourself is important! After the scam ends and you discover the truth, you are in a state of shock! You don't know what to do, but you have to do something or you will explode! But it seems like everything you [...]

What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? [Updated]

What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? A SCARS Insight Are You A Victim Or A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of scams for many years. We have had the benefit of expanding our knowledge by professionalizing our activities as registered crime victims' assistance and support providers, in applying victimology and [...]

10 Steps To Breaking Free & Beginning Your Recovery [Updated]

10 Steps To Breaking Free & Beginning Your Recovery SCARS Psychology Of Scams How To Break Free & Begin Recovery Extracted and adapted from an article by Sharie Stines, PsyD, GoodTherapy.org - Copyright acknowledged - we thank the author for their scholarship 10 Steps To Breaking Free And Staying Free Bonds occur in toxic relationships (such as with a romance scammer) and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement [...]

The Complicated Truth About Grief

The Complicated Truth About Grief A TED Insight The Messy, Complicated Truth About Grief Mourning the loss of a loved one isn’t efficient, compact or logical, and it changes us forever, says writer Nora McInerny. She explains why. This is true even if the person you are grieving for is not real too!

Surviving The Change: Scams Turn Lives Upside Down

Surviving The Change: Scams Turn Lives Upside Down A SCARS Guide After you realize that you have been scammed and lost a large sum of money, you will naturally have real concerns about what it means for your life. It is natural to panic, but panic will take you down the wrong roads and make your situation worse in the long run. The very sad truth is that it may mean losing almost everything. Only [...]

Psychology of Scams: How Do You Get Closure?

Psychology of Scams: How Do You Get Closure? Closure Can Mean Different Things For Different People CLOSURE may be what someone needs to move on after a long relationship, after the death of a loved one, after a traumatic childhood event, or to overcome feelings of guilt for hurting someone in the past. However, closure after a romance scam is a different matter entirely. With a Romance Scam, there is no body to bury, there [...]

What Does Recovery Mean For A Scam Victim? [Updated]

What Does Recovery Mean For A Scam Victim? What Does It Mean to Be "In Recovery?" In this article, we are going to talk about recovery, as in recovery after a scam What Does It Mean To Recover? In Our Context We Mean That Recovery Is A Process However, because scams are complex in that they involve psychological traumatization (as a victim), involve addiction (as in the mental [...]

Scam Victims & Traumatic Memories

Scam Victims & Traumatic Memories Traumatic memories are intensely powerful and come in two varieties The Impact On Scam Victims From Their Traumatic Memories Memories of trauma are unique because of how brains and bodies respond to threat Most of what you experience leaves no trace in your memory. Learning new information often requires a lot of effort and repetition — picture studying for a tough exam or mastering the [...]

Coping Strategies for Scam Victim Trauma Survivors

Coping Strategies for Scam Victim Trauma Survivors Trauma Is Deeply Rooted and Can Negatively Affect The Lives Of Scam Victims PTSD is a psychological disorder that is brought on by the experience of a traumatic event. Most commonly, war veterans experience this, but it can also come on as a result of any traumatic event. Some other instances that may cause this are natural disasters or the death of a loved one. Romance scam victims [...]

What Can You Expect After A Scam [Infographic]

What Can You Expect After A Scam [Infographic] Immediately After A Scam, You Will Have Questions If you are a new victim - we suggest that you read our THREE STEPS GUIDE FOR NEW VICTIMS FIRST! HERE IS OUR AFTER-SCAM REALITY CHECK! It is blunt but to the point - you need proper expectations to move forward with your recovery. Based upon our 30 Years of Experience this is what you should expect: You Have Been Scammed [...]