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SCARS Q&A Questions & Answers 11/9/2022 With Special Guest Erin West

SCARS Q&A Questions & Answers 11/9/2022 With Special Guest Erin West A SCARS Presentation A SCARS Question & Answers Presentation With Special Guest Erin West, Prosecutor, Santa Clara County, California And SCARS Board Members: Dr. Tim McGuinness (USA), Debby Montgomery Johnson (USA), and Vianey Gonzales [...]

The SCARS Model To End Scams – A Policy Statement

The SCARS Model To End ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. A Policy Statement Presented by SCARS 🟥🟨⬛️️ What Does It Really Take To Stop Scams? It Begins With A Complete Understanding That Everything Is Connected In The War On Scams We cannot ask any part of this complex problem [...]

Curiosity & Scam Victim Recovery: A Powerful Tool for Processing Emotions After A Scam

Curiosity: A Powerful Tool for Processing Emotions After A ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Scam Victim Recovery - Helping Victims To Recover Recovery Psychology - A SCARS Insight Scam Victim Recovery - After The Scam Ends, A Victim's Universe Closes In Immediately after the scam ends victims are desperate [...]

Telling Your Truth!

Telling Your Truth! What is the Truth? Telling the Truth when talking about your scam! Scam Victim Recovery - A SCARS Insight In the telling of your stories, what drives understanding are the facts - the truth of each crime and experience. But what is [...]

Scam Victim Apathy – Scams Are Somebody Else’s Problem

Scam Victim Apathy - Scams Are Somebody Else's Problem A Look At Why Most Scam Victims Will Not Act Effectively The Psychology of ScamsPsychology Of Scams Psychology Of Scams is the study of the psychological or emotional effects of scams or financial fraud on victims of these crimes. It helps victims to better understand the impact of scams on them personally or on others. To find the SCARS articles on the Psychology of Scams, use the search option to enter the term and find them. - A SCARS Insight Crime Victim Apathy - Somebody Else's Problem Does the experience of crime lead to individual disenchantment from [...]

Ambiguous Loss and Scam Victims

Ambiguous Loss and Scam Victims A Type Of TraumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. Common To Victims Of Financial FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. Scam Victim Recovery - A SCARS Insight A Type Of Trauma Where Closure Is Not Possible Ambiguous loss is a loss that occurs without a significant likelihood of reaching emotional [...]

Victim/Offender Trauma Bond: The 15 Elements of the Crime Victim Detour

Victim/Offender Trauma Bond The 15 Elements of the Crime Victim Detour Scam & Financial Fraud VictimizationVictimization Victimization (or victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. The field that studies the process, rates, incidence, effects, and prevalence of victimization is called victimology. A SCARS Insight Understanding Victims of Crime and Their Need to Deal with the Victim/Offender Trauma Bond and the 15 Elements of the Crime Victim Detour This article is [...]

Scam Victim Panic Attacks

Scam Victim Panic Attacks Helping Scam Victims Through Their Recovery Recovery Psychology - A SCARS Insight How Scam Victims Can Deal With Fear And Panic Attacks This article is addressed to new victims mostly. New victims, in the first couple of months after the scam [...]

Scam Victim Isolation

Scam Victim Isolation Understanding and Overcoming Victim Recovery - A SCARS Insight The Impact of Crime: Isolation on Victims First, It Is Necessary To Accept That Scam Victims Are Victims Of Crimes! Scam victims are as affected by these terrible crimes as many other types [...]

Never Again And Other Urban Legends

Never Again And Other Urban Legends You Are Too Smart Now To Be Scammed Again & Other Urban Legends Scam Urban Legends Series A SCARS Insight Urban Legends Are Everywhere In The Scam Victim Communities! They are spread by instant experts and other victims because [...]

What Is Addiction in Scam Victims?

What Is Addiction in Scam Victims? Helping Victims Understand What Happened To Them! The Psychology of Scams Series A SCARS Insight What Is It And How Does It Apply To Relationship ScamsRelationship 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?? Basic Definition A person with an addiction uses a substance or engages in [...]

Suggestibility & Scam Victims

Suggestibility & Scam Victims The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight It Is Important For Scam Victims To Better Understand Their Own Suggestibility Since It Influenced Not Only The Scam But Their Life After The Scam Let's Begin With What Suggestibility Is? Suggestibility is the quality [...]

The Role Curiosity Plays In Being Scammed

The Role Curiosity Plays In Being Scammed The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Curiosity Is Well Recognized As A Human Blessing. Is It Also A Human Curse? Curiosity—the desire for information—underlies many human activities, from reading celebrity gossip to developing nuclear science. Tales about [...]

Signs of Good & Bad Scam Victim Emotional Health

Signs of Good & Bad Scam Victim Emotional Health The Psychology of Recovery A SCARS Insight After The Scam Ends, Victims Show Emotional Changes - Some Good And Some Bad Here Are Both Good And Bad Emotional States To Help You Self-Evaluate =========================== Signs of [...]

Deborah – A Romance Scam Victim’s Story

Deborah - A Romance Scam Victim's Story SCARS Scam Victims' Assistance & Support Every Romance Scam Victim Faces An Uphill Battle After Their Scam Most victims face trauma that can last indefinitely if they do not find proper professional support. SCARS recommends that all relationship [...]

Scam Victim Grooming – Turning On The Instant Emotions

Scam Victim GroomingGrooming Grooming is a form of setting up a victim for a scam or other crime by befriending and establishing an emotional connection with the victim, and sometimes the family, to lower the victim's inhibitions with the objective of the scam or criminal activity.  Grooming includes the development of a trust relationship between the criminal and the victim, getting the victims to the point where they can be more completely manipulated.   - 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 [...]

Exposed To Scams – What Separates Victims From Non-Victims

Exposed To Scams - What Separates Victims From Non-Victims A FINRA Research Study Presented by SCARS Understanding Scam Victims Victimization by scams and fraud depends, in part, on two-way engagement between the target of the scam and the fraudsterFraudster A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.. Some individuals simply do not engage with [...]

Scam Victims Are Not Suckers!

SCAM VICTIMS ARE NOT SUCKERS! A Message To Scam Victims A SCARS Insight The Terms We Use In Communications & Support Of Scam Victims Matters! If We Allow Ourselves To Use Derogatory Terms, What Is That Saying About Us? There are countless numbers of so-called [...]

Where Do Romance Scammers Find You?

Where Do Romance Scammers Find You? Scammers target Facebook buy and sell, and other groups for new victims! A SCARS Insight Facebook Groups Is Where They Find You! There are, of course, many places where they find you but Facebook is a prime choice! How [...]

Thoughts About Boundaries

Thoughts About Boundaries Anti-Scam Wisdom A SCARS Commentary Scams Happen Because of Poor Boundaries & No Self Limits What Are Boundaries and Why Do I Need Them? A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. It separates your physical space, your feelings, [...]

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks

Scam Victim Social Isolation Risks The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight The Risks Of Social Isolation Caused By Romance Scams Understanding the Effects of Social Isolation on Scam Victim Mental HealthMental health Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". According to WHO, mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others". From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines "mental health". People around the world have taken unprecedented safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]

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

SCARS GREEN BOOK
Self-Help Self-Paced Recovery Program Guide

LEARN HOW TO RECOVER ON YOUR OWN

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 groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., 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

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS 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

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

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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SCARS BLUE BOOK - Survivor's Recovery Journal
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