Scam Psychology – Journal of Applied Scam Fraud & Cybercrime Psychology2023-10-18T12:21:17-04:00

Welcome to the Journal of Applied Scam, Fraud, and Cybercrime Psychology – and Allied Sciences

A journal of psychology, victimology, and criminology published by the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams

Please Note: that the articles & research studies published on this site are part of an ongoing study to catalog and sample available research on relationship fraud and its victims in all of their forms. Articles are published in conformance with the stated license or under fair use as a part of this study.

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This website is intended for professionals in the fields of criminology, victimology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and related sciences. They are not for scam victims. Victims of these crimes should exercise discretion when viewing this content as it may be upsetting and triggering.

Many of the documents included are not consistent with SCARS views but are published to provide differing views, opinions, and data. These articles and research studies are not always kind to victims and many are very clinical in their descriptions of victims, the criminals, and the crimes.

Featured Psychology Articles

Secrets Can Be Deadly For Scam Victims – Recovery Psychology 2023

Recovery Psychology – Secrets Can Be Deadly For Scam Victims

Principal Category: Victim Recovery Psychology

Authors:
• Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. – Anthropologist, Scientist, Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Vianey Gonzalez – Psychologist, Certified Deception Professional, Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Portions by: Robert Longley – Updated March 16, 2018
Originally Published: 2023 on www.ScamsNOW.com
Copyright © 2023 SCARS

Abstract

Falling victim to a scam is an emotionally traumatic experience, especially when maintaining secrets, and is often underestimated by both the victims and the public. Scam victims endure a range of emotions, from anger to humiliation, betrayal, and loss. However, they also bear the weight of a concealed secret—keeping their victimhood hidden. This article delves into the profound consequences of harboring these secrets, especially for those attempting to recover from the aftermath of a scam. The impact of secrecy compounds the trauma, leading to isolation, emotional suppression, shame, prolonged recovery, vulnerability, and even increased injury. Breaking free from this secrecy is essential for victims to find healing, recovery, and reclamation of their lives.

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Victim Complex/Victim Mentality In Relationship Scam Victims 2023

Recovery Psychology – Understanding the Victim Complex/Victim Mentality In Relationship Scam Victims

Principal Category: Victim Recovery Psychology

Authors:
• Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. – Anthropologist, Scientist, Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Vianey Gonzalez – Psychologist, Certified Deception Professional, Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Portions by: Robert Longley – Updated March 16, 2018
Originally Published: 2018 – Article Updated: 2023 – on www.RomanceScamsNOW.com
Copyright © 2018-2023 SCARS

Abstract

Understanding the “Victim Complex” or “Victim Mentality” is crucial, especially for relationship scam victims. While not all victims exhibit this complex, it can have a profound impact on emotional recovery. A victim complex describes a personality trait where individuals constantly perceive themselves as victims, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. This mindset can hinder recovery and well-being, leading to depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. Recognizing this complex is essential, as it may require professional mental health support. However, support providers must be cautious when dealing with individuals exhibiting a victim mentality and refer them to mental health professionals. Overcoming a victim mentality involves identifying and challenging negative beliefs, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and seeking help from professionals and supportive individuals.

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The Psychology of Scams, Fraud, and Cybercrime

Scams are the fastest-growing crime in today’s world. With the rise of the internet and social media, criminals have more ways than ever to reach potential victims. Scams, fraud, and cybercrime have a devastating impact on victims, both financially and emotionally.

Understanding the psychology of scams is essential for both preventing these crimes and helping the victims of cybercrime to recover from their experiences.

Understanding the psychology of scams can help us to:

  • Identify and avoid scams: By understanding the common tactics and techniques used by scammers, we can be more vigilant and less likely to fall victim to a scam.
  • Educate others about scams: We can share our knowledge about scams with others to help them stay safe.
  • Support victims of scams: By understanding the emotional impact of scams, we can provide better support to victims and help them to recover.

Victims of scams experience a range of negative emotions, including shame, guilt, anger, and fear. They are traumatized and can suffer from many other psychological disorders and syndromes.

Understanding the psychology of scams can help professionals to help victims to realize that they are not alone and that they are not to blame for being scammed, and to guide them through their recovery. It can also help them to understand the emotional impact of scams and to develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Equally important is this allows allied professionals to better understand how the criminals operate, the techniques they use, and the societal impact of these crimes.

This is the mission of this SCARS website. To bring this knowledge together and make it accessible to anyone interested in improving the situation.

OPINIONS: The research, opinions, and or conclusions contained in the published articles & research studies from third-parties on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc., its Boards. Directors, Advisors, Team Members, Volunteers, or Members. It is presented as it is or was published without comment in the interest of advancing the state of knowledge about the subject matter presented.

Welcome to the Journal of Applied Scams Fraud & Cybercrime Psychology & Allied Sciences

Published by SCARS to support research into a greater understanding of the psychology of scams, fraud, deception, cybercriminality, and in how it applies to their victims

Our Journal of Scam Psychology’s mission is to present important research, studies, insights, news & commentary about how psychology is used by criminals in exploiting their victims, and increase our understanding of their victims. This will include:

  • The tactics and techniques of grooming, manipulation, and control of scam victims
  • The impact on victims both during and after the crimes
  • The causes of vulnerability and susceptibility
  • The application of psychology and its insights in helping support scam victims

This will be presented in:

  • Research studies
  • White papers
  • Articles, commentary, and editorials based on real-world experience
  • Case studies

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