SCARS Actionable Steps for Scam Victims to Create Resilience After a Scam and Successfully Recover
Scam Victim Recovery Psychology
• Vianey Gonzalez B.Sc(Psych) – Psychologist, Certified Deception Professional, Psychology Advisory Panel & Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. – Anthropologist, Scientist, Director of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
• Based, in part, on the work of Raphael Rose, Psychologist
About this Article
The SCARS model emphasizes the importance of journaling as a foundational step for scam victims on their journey to recovery.
Before delving into actionable steps, victims are encouraged to express emotions, reflect on experiences, and process trauma through writing. The journal becomes a tool for tracking progress, setting realistic goals, and providing a cathartic release for overwhelming emotions. The empowerment derived from documenting one’s narrative fosters resilience, strength, and self-awareness.