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How You Think & Talk About Your Scam Affects Your Recovery

How You Think & Talk About Your 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. 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 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 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 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. [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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