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Ambiguous Loss and Scam Victims

Ambiguous Loss and 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. 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 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 [...]

What Is Addiction in Scam Victims?

What Is Addiction in Scam Victims? Helping Victims Understand What Happened To Them! 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. 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 [...]

Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo – Hypnosis – Brainwashing

Urban Legends: JuJu/Voodoo - Hypnosis - Brainwashing The Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Why Do Victims Want To Believe They Were Hypnotized Or Bewitched? Because It Can Be More Comforting Than The Alternatives A peculiar aspect of victim psychology after the scam is the [...]

Victim Psychology – Managing Your Emotional 5 Saboteurs

Managing Your Emotional 5 Saboteurs Understanding Ways Victims Sabotage Their Recovery The Psychology of Recovery A SCARS Insight Scam Victims Often Sabotage Their Own Recovery After The Scam Ends - Victim Psychology To Successfully Recover It Is Important To Understand How This Happens When you [...]

Three Main Causes Of Anger In Scam Victims

Three Main Causes Of AngerAnger Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, trigger, hurt or threat. About one-third of scam victims become trapped in anger for extended periods of time following a scam. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion that triggers a part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability. In Scam Victims Scam Victim Recovery A SCARS Insight In Our Experience, There Are Three Main Causes Of Anger In Scam Victims Anger is nothing unusual to scam victims. Almost every victim goes through the grief cycle and passes through [...]

How You Think & Talk About Your Scam Affects Your Recovery

How You Think & Talk About Your Scam Affects Your Recovery The SCARS Scam Victim Recovery Program A SCARS Insight Many Scam Victims Want To Desperately Cling To The Fake Relationship, Rather Than Just Let Go For many traumatized scam victims, this is an avoidance [...]

Terminology For Scam Victims – Scam Related Terms – Part 1

Terminology For Scam Victims Scam Related Terms An Etymology Part 1 Derogatory & Related Scam Terms Used To Describe Victims A SCARS Insight SCAM RELATED TERMS THE WORDS WE USE DEFINE WHAT WE THINK ABOUT 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. AND ABOUT OURSELVES "In order to change the way [...]

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. [...]

SCARS Newsletter – Edition May 4, 2021

SCARS Newsletter - Edition May 4, 2021 The Official SCARS Newsletter Click Here for Our Latest SCARS Newsletter Published On Revue Scroll to view the full newsletter TAGS: SCARS, SCARS Newsletter, Scam News [...]

SCARS Newsletter – Edition April 29, 2021

SCARS Newsletter - Edition April 29, 2021 The Official SCARS Newsletter Click Here for Our Latest SCARS Newsletter Published On Revue Scroll to view the full newsletter TAGS: SCARS, SCARS Newsletter, Scam News [...]

Understanding A Romance Scam [VIDEO]

Understanding A Romance Scam [VIDEO] After a Romance Scam is discovered you will have many questions about how this happened and how you are to blameBlame Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action.! The first thing to remember is that you are not to blame! For the rest please watch our video - it's [...]

Guilt vs. Shame – Understanding [INFOGRAPHIC]

Guilt vs. ShameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. - Understanding Shame has long been viewed as “the toxic cousin of guilt,” but it has benefited us over evolution. Shame and guilt are functionally designed to protect us against harming those who are dear to us and to make us behave better in the [...]

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy [VIDEO][RESOURCES]

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy Official Video & Resources A New Approach For U.S. Law Enforcement With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has released the second edition of the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy. [...]

After The Scam : Romance Scam Trauma [VIDEO]

After The Scam : Romance Scam Trauma [VIDEO] Romance Scam Victims can be profoundly traumatized after their scams end. It may seem like you can ignore this or pretend you are fine, but that is just 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. and avoidance. Trauma is real and affects almost all scam [...]

FBI Protected Voices – Business Email Compromise (BEC) Scams [VIDEO]

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. Protected Voices - Business Email Compromise (BEC) Scams [VIDEO] An informative official FBI video about Business Email Compromise (BEC) Scams. This was created during the 2020 election campaign period but applied to all BEC scams. It shows techniques and precautions a business can take. [...]

Official FTC Government Video : How To Report Fraud [VIDEO]

Official FTC Government Video : How To Report Fraud [VIDEO] The new Federal Trade Commission Fraud Reporting Portal. It is important to report all fraud/scams with the FBI (www.IC3.gov) - with SCARS on www.Anyscam.com - and with the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov [...]

After The Scam : Whose Job Is It? [VIDEO]

After The Scam : Whose Job Is It? [VIDEO] After you have been scammed, there are many things that must be done. Understanding who does what is very important. As a victim to not take on roles you are not equipped for. Focus on your recovery! [...]

Psychology of Scams: When Panic Sets In

Psychology of Scams: When Panic Sets In You just found out about your scam, what happens next can lead to panic! After a Scam Stability Can Be a Rubberband! After the scam, a typical victim is in shock, but denial quickly sets in. [...]

SCARS™ Knowledge: What Is Our Job?

SCARS™ Knowledge: What Is Our Job? Literally Every Day We Are Attacked For Not Doing Our Job! [lwptoc] But What Is Our Job? So Many Victims Have No Idea How Scams Work Or What Is Realistic To Expect We spend vast amounts of time explaining the process, working to help [...]

SCARS STEPS – SCARS GREEN BOOK -Scam Victim Recovery Program

SCARS Steps Self-Paced Recovery Program Now Available In Book Form The SCARS GREEN BOOK To Purchase the SCARS Green Book visit Shop.AgainstScams.org SCARS OFFICIAL GREEN BOOK THE SCARS STEPS PROGRAM - SELF-HELP SELF-PACES SCAM VICTIM RECOVERY PROGRAM GUIDE A SCAM RECOVERY GUIDE FOR SCAM VICTIMS FROM SCARS The SCARS GREEN [...]

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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
SCARS LIME BOOK - Wisdom & Motivation for Scam Victims
SCARS CHERRY BOOK - A Guide To Understanding Your Fear
SCARS WORKBOOK - 8 Steps To Improvement
SCARS WORKBOOK - Understanding Self-Blame, Guilt, and Shame
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