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. Sometimes they are in denial and simply cannot face it. Sometimes they lose themselves in their anger and rage. But almost all come out for [...]

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 [...]

For Family & Friends: How To Talk With Someone Suffering From Trauma

How To Talk With Someone Suffering From Trauma For Family & Friends A SCARS Insight - Psychology of Scams Trauma - Helping Family Or Friends Through It! It can be difficult to know how to help someone you love and care for when they have gone through a distressing or frightening event. It’s natural to want to make someone you love and care for feel better again, but it’s important [...]

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 [...]

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 the same in everyone. So much depends on a person's resilience to determine the lasting effects of their trauma. Additionally, many victims may believe that [...]

Thoughts from the War on Scams … Things Have to Change

Thoughts from the War on Scams ... July 17, 2021 Things Have to Change! A SCARS Commentary on Privacy A Commentary on The State of Scams & Privacy By Dr. Tim McGuinness, Member of the Board of Directors, Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. I recently heard from a friend who was applying for a new position and was declined because of #data that was discovered - [...]

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 [...]

Sadness & Scam Recovery

Sadness & Scam Recovery SCARS Psychology of Scams Are You Sad? Being unwilling to experience sadness hold you back. But if you can experience it & share it you can move forward! About Sadness Sadness is a normal human emotion that every single person will experience at stressful or somber times. A number of life events can leave people feeling sad or unhappy. The loss or absence of a [...]

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, - 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 [...]

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 [...]

Bride Scams • A SCARS Guide

Bride Scams • A SCARS Guide Men Are Frequently Lured Into Scams Where They Seek A Bride But End Up Losing Large Amounts Of Money! This also affects the LGBTQ community too Bride Scams A bride scam is a form of romance scam or relationship scam - a confidence trick that aims to defraud potential grooms (partners) with the offer of a foreign bride. The basis of the [...]

Cognitions and Trauma – The Psychology of Scams

Cognitions and Trauma - The Psychology of Scams Traumatic experiences can affect and alter cognition for scam victims. From the outset, trauma challenges the just-world or core life assumptions that help individuals navigate daily life. For example, it would be difficult to leave the house in the morning if you believed that the world was not safe, that all people are dangerous, or that life holds no promise. The belief that one’s efforts and intentions [...]

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 [...]

Scam Survivor’s Guilt : A SCARS Insight

Scam Survivor's Guilt : A SCARS Insight Crime victims are especially prone to expressing guilt, even if there are no other victims of their crime. In the case of online scam victims, the survivor's guilt can overwhelm them but be compounded by the realization that they are just one of the millions affected by these crimes. What Is Survivor's Guilt? Survivor guilt (or survivor's guilt; also called survivor syndrome or survivor's syndrome and survivor disorder [...]

The SCARS Victims’ Assistance & Support Model

The SCARS Victims' Assistance & Support Model SCARS Is The Only Crime Victims' Assistance Organization With A Focus On Cybercrime Victims, And The Only One With Proven Recovery Solutions For Scam Victims. All of our groups are pieces of a larger puzzle. They are the funnel that can lead victims to support and assistance, but not everyone is ready for a real support group - they need to learn and work through issues before they [...]