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Push PaymentPush Payment An Authorized Push Payment (APP) refers to a type of financial transaction that involves the transfer of money from one bank account to another, initiated by the account holder or an authorized party. It typically occurs through the use of mobile banking apps, online payment platforms, or other electronic means. In an APP, the account holder provides explicit consent or authorization for the payment to be made. This distinguishes it from unauthorized or fraudulent transactions, where the account holder is unaware of or did not give consent for the payment. APPs are commonly used for various purposes, such as paying bills, making purchases, transferring funds to friends or family, and settling financial obligations. They provide a convenient and efficient way to transfer money electronically, eliminating the need for physical cash or paper-based payment methods. It's worth noting that while authorized push payments are generally legitimate transactions, there can be instances of scams or fraudulent activities where individuals are tricked into authorizing payments unknowingly or under false pretenses. It is important to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of requests before authorizing any APP. Scams Push Payment Scams Are A Newer Form Of Financial Fraud How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Push Payment Scams Are One Of The Fastest Growing Types Of Relationship Scams What Are Push Payment Scams? Push payment scams, also known as authorized [...]

Walmart Gift Card Refunds For Scam Victims

Walmart Gift Card Refunds For Scam Victims Obtaining A Refund For Walmart Gift Cards Purchased For Scams Money Recovery - A SCARS Special Report Walmart Settles With The U.S. Government Over Walmart Gift Card Scams Walmart Agrees To Refund To Victims Of Walmart Gift Card [...]

Save Me From A Life In Crime – Romance Scams

Save Me From A Life In Crime - Romance Scams Romance Scams Where The Scammer Admits To Scamming The Victim! How Scammers Operate - A SCARS Insight We Have Long Known About Romance Scams Where The Scammer Reveals Him/Herself But that is usually to pull [...]

Types Of Scams – A New Taxonomy

Types Of Scams - A New Taxonomy Helping To Create A Better Set Of Terms For The Types Of Scams Criminology - A SCARS Insight The SCARS Official Definition Of The Terms & Types Of Scams SCARS, as the leading provider of scam victim support [...]

Romance Scammers – Top Lies They Tell

Top Lies Romance Scammers Tell Insights from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission How Scams Work - A SCARS Special Report New FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit or to report fraud visit Data Reveals Top Lies Told by Romance Scammers Why Do Romance Scammers Lie Or Tell Stories To Groom And Manipulate Their Victims? Romance [...]

Avoiding Romance Scams This Valentine’s Day

Avoiding Romance Scams This Valentine's Day Avoid Falling For Romance Scams Traps How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Avoid Romance Scams! Valentine's Day Can Be Anything But Romantic If You Get Trapped In Romance Scams Valentine's Day Is A Time Of Love And Celebration, [...]

Reporting Scams To The United States Secret Service – Cryptocurrency Recovery – Forget The FBI! [VIDEO]

The United States Secret Service & Cryptocurrency Recovery How To Report Scams The U.S. Secret Service Has Stepped Up - - Forget The 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.! A SCARS Insight on Law Enforcement The Time Has Come To Go To The Secret Service And Forget The FBI For [...]

Common Tactics & Types Of Relationship Scams

Common Tactics & Types Of Relationship ScamsViolating Trust & Stealing Victims' Money!How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scammers Use Many Tricks During Relationship Scams But the outcomes are almost always similar! The victim loses their money, or worse. HERE ARE SOME OF THOSE COMMON TACTICS: [...]

Repetition Syndrome in Scam Victims

Repetition SyndromeSyndrome It is a group of symptoms that can consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms. in Scam Victims It Is A Common Reaction To Distress And Trauma! Scam Victim Recovery Psychology - A SCARS Insight Do You Feel That You Are Experiencing Repetition Syndrome? It Is A Common Reaction To Distress And Trauma! What is Repetition Syndrome? Repetition [...]

VICE Article: An Overview of Romance Scams

An Overview of Romance Scams A VICE Article Presented by SCARS Beware of the Perfect Gentleman The men whose photos are used for catfishingCatfishing Catfishing, as it is commonly used, is a descriptive term for an activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking or dating service, usually targeting a specific kind of victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish-fulfillment (as it was originally coined).  The term is now considered a derogatory term as it was originally coined to describe scams by women against men, have little recourse other than to continuously report fake profiles across social media platforms. An article by Motherboard, by VICE This [...]


A SCARS EDITORIAL ON AIAI Artificial intelligence (AI) is wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. Machine learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence. SAFETY Artificial Intelligence & Machines Learning Is Emerging In Relationship Scams How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight See more SCARS Videos on our YouTube Channel - click here Knowledge Is Not Enough To Stop [...]

Scam Victim Grooming – Turning On The Instant Emotions

Scam Victim Grooming - Turning On The Instant Emotions The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Grooming - Dominating Through Manipulation When grooming is discussed, it’s often in the context of adults using the manipulation tactic to abuse and exploit children. However, children are not [...]

Nicolette Shea – Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: Nicolette Shea Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen photos [...]

4 Quick Clues For Spotting Romance Scams

4 Quick Clues For Spotting Romance Scams Anti-Scam Tips From SCARS Clues To Help You Quickly Spot A Romance Scam Thanks to online relationship scams, romance scams, or dating scams, each year millions of people who are searching for love, and many who are not, [...]

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam

Psychological & Emotional Abuse During A Romance Scam Manipulation & Control Often Include Abuse! SCARS Advocacy A Romance Scam Is A Form Of Violence There Is Also True Psychological & Emotional Abuse! As any scam victim can tell you, their scam left them profoundly changed. [...]

The Relationship Scam End Game: The Confession Scam and Other Strategies

The Relationship ScamRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? End Game: The Confession Scam and Other Strategies How Scammers Try One Last Time And Close Up The Scam A SCARS Insight This information can apply to most types of scams, from Romance Scams, to Lotto Scams, to Government Impersonation Scams, to Gransparent Scams, and many [...]

How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance Scam

How To Quickly Recognize And Stop A Romance Scam About Romance Scams - How Scams Work A SCARS Insight How To Stop A Romance Scam In Its Tracks Millions of people go online in search of romance, and while it does work out for a [...]

What Is A Relationship Scam? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Is A Relationship Scam? Understanding Scams InfographicInfographic Infographics (a shortened word of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve your understanding of a topic by utilizing graphics. Infographics have evolved in recent years to be more useful for mass communications and thus are designed with fewer assumptions about the readers' knowledge base than other types of visualizations.! A SCARS Insight A Relationship Scam - Don't You mean A Romance Scam? Nope! The Definition of a Relationship Scam: It is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationshipTrust Relationship What Is Trust In A Relationship? Trust is the faith you have in someone that they will always remain loyal to you, honest, reliable, or love you. To trust someone means that you can rely on them and are comfortable confiding in them because you feel safe with them. It is the building block for any relationship without which the foundation will always remain shaky. and uses deception & manipulation to [...]

Coping with the Reality of Crime Victimization

Coping with the Reality of Crime Victimization Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight Anyone Can Become A Victim Of A Crime! Being A Victim Of A Crime Can Be A Very Difficult And Stressful Experience! If It Happens To You Or Someone You Love, Here [...]

Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests

Scam Grooming: Finding Common Interests Scammer Techniques & Methods A SCARS Insight Scammers Know How To Groom You! They Begin To Hook You With Common Interests Scammers Know How To Start A Conversation With You And Spark A Friendship From your religion, hobbies, [...]

How Scams Work? Impersonation Romance Scams

How Scams Work? Impersonation Romance Scams African Style Impersonation Scams A SCARS Series How Scams Work? The Impersonation Romance Scam Almost all scams, frauds, or confidence tricks or schemes work along similar flows or have characteristics in common. Common Traits Almost all socially [...]

Fakes On Facebook & Social Media – A SCARS Quick Guide

SCARS™ Resources - Recognizing Fake IDs & Profiles This will provide useful information that will help you identify fakes on Facebook and social media. Remember, there are well over 1 billion fake profiles on Facebook alone. The photos and the names do not matter, it is the behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. [...]

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 [...]

SCARS Printed Books For Every 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 From SCARS Publishing


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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide


This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as trauma 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. or therapy, qualified support groups, or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!

A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims


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.

The SCARS Slate 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. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scams work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer


Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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