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SCARS Webinar: Telling Your Story Part 2 – Telling Your Family & Friends [VIDEO]

SCARS Webinar: Telling Your Story Part 2 [VIDEO] Telling Your Family & Friends A SCARS Webinar [VIDEO] April 23, 2022 Every 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. Victim Need To Tell Their Story An excerpt from our upcoming SCARS Gold Book on Telling Your Story First, understand that this is not [...]

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 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. 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 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 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 [...]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late [UPDATED]

According To INTERPOL It May Not Be Too Late To Recovery Your Money Tell Your Police About This Information - There May Be Options A SCARS Special Report Interpol on Online 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.: It might not be too late to get your money back INTERPOL shows [...]

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 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. by scams and 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. 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. [...]

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 ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Scams, to Gransparent Scams, and many [...]

After A Scam, No One Can Tell You How You Will React

After A Scam, No One Can Tell You How You Will React Trauma and the Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Victim Trauma Response After The End Of A Relationship Scam Is Complex It is always important to remember that trauma does not always manifest [...]

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Scam Victim?

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Scam Victim? The Needs Of Every Victim After The Scam A SCARS Insight What Responsibilities Does A Person Have After They Become A Victim Of A Scam? Everyone has a duty to their fellow citizens but also to themselves! [...]

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 [...]

How To Know If You Are In Scam or Recovery Denial?

How To Know If You Are In Scam or Recovery 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.? Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight How to Know if I’m in 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. About Your Scam? Waking up day in and day out afraid or angry or refusing to deal with the [...]

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

After The Scam - Victims Frequently Engage In Self-DefeatingSelf-sabotaging Behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems in daily life and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common Self-Defeating behaviors include procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting. Behaviors Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Self-DestructiveSelf-sabotaging Behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems in daily life and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common Self-Defeating behaviors include procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting. 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. & Scam Victims After the scam, how you view yourself is important! After the scam ends and you discover the truth, you are in a [...]

What Kind Of People Are Most Likely To Be Scammed?

What Kind Of People Are Most Likely To Be Scammed? Scam VictimologyVictimology Victimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements. A SCARS Insight Who Is Likely To Become A Victim? The Answer Is More Surprising Than You Might Think! Over the last 6 years, SCARS has provided services to nearly 7 [...]

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