Journal of Online Scams Psychology – A SCARS Publication2020-02-04T13:24:16-05:00

Journal of Online Scams Psychology


The Journal of Online Scam Psychology was created by the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams to help promote a better understanding of the psychological manipulation employed by cybercriminals in their application of social engineering and their after-effects. It provides an invitation and a call to action of further research in the subject matter as well as a venue to publish research findings. It also serves to help educate the victims of online crimes about their experiences and provide useful knowledge to aid in their recovery. The Journal is edited by the SCARS Editorial Team, which includes a degreed anthropologist and cybersecurity professionals with more than 29 years experience with numerous forms of cybercriminality. Our team is also affiliated with the University of South Florida, the Financial University of Guangzhou China, and other institutions in the United States and internationally.

Call for Papers on the Effects of Socially Engineered Online Scams & Fraud


The primary mission of Journal of Online Scam Psychology is to contribute a cohesive, authoritative, theory-based, and complete synthesis of scientific evidence in the field of psychology that applies to the execution of social engineering scams and their effects on their victims. The editorial team seeks contributions from anecdotal studies, academic and clinical research analysis,  meta-analysis and systematic reviews to answering questions about the subject matter. This call is designed to encourage authors to consider the degree to which research papers can contribute to substantial psychological knowledge in the areas of psychological countermeasures, public education, victim therapies, and further development of recovery programs. The editors of the Journal of Online Scam Psychology announce their interest in publishing papers related to these topics and areas of study for public access. We invite authors to submit single papers that address a clearly defined paper relating to the psychology of online fraud models, methods, or psychological findings related to victims. Primary-level research reports may also be submitted. For guidance in proposing a submission, interested authors may contact the editors via the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. at  Alternatively, authors are free to submit unsolicited manuscripts via email or through our submission form online by clicking here »

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