Scam Victim Recovery Survey Fall/Winter 2023

SCARS Scam Anonymous Victim Recovery Study

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Here is a questionnaire to help evaluate the current state of recovery psychologically of a relationship scam victim:
This is an anonymous survey, but we do ask a couple of questions just to help us keep the results separate.
Do not include your last name

Your Scam/Crime

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Are you still in CONTACT with the scammers/criminals?(Required)
Have you had any contact with the scammer since you were scammed?(Required)

Your Recovery

How often do you think about the scam?(Required)
How intense are your feelings about the scam when you do think about it?(Required)
How much does the scam affect your daily life?(Required)
Do you have any difficulty sleeping because of the scam?(Required)
Do you have any difficulty concentrating because of the scam?(Required)
Do you have any nightmares about the scam?(Required)
Have you experienced any flashbacks about the scam?(Required)
Do you avoid certain people because of the scam?(Required)
Do you avoid certain places because of the scam?(Required)
Do you avoid certain music or songs because of the scam?(Required)
Do you avoid certain movies or TV shows because of the scam?(Required)
Do you feel ashamed or embarrassed about being scammed?(Required)
Do you feel guilt or that you are to blame for being scammed?(Required)
Do you feel angry or resentful about being scammed?(Required)
Do you have any difficulty trusting people because of the scam?(Required)
Do you feel hopeless or depressed about the future because of the scam?(Required)
Have you sought any professional help (such as a counselor or therapist) to cope with the scam?(Required)
Have you joined any support group to cope with the scam?(Required)
Has the scam affected your relationships with your friends and family?(Required)
Has the scam affected your work or your school performance?(Required)


It is important to note that this questionnaire is not a diagnostic tool. Only a qualified mental health professional can diagnose PTSD or other mental health conditions. It is strictly for educational purposes. However, this questionnaire can be a helpful tool for assessing the victim's current state of recovery and for determining whether the victim may need professional help.


If you answered "yes" to more than two of the above Recovery questions, it is possible that you are still experiencing some psychological effects from the scam. It is important to seek professional help if you are struggling to cope with the scam.
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If you lost money: the way to report this is FIRST with your LOCAL POLICE – they are your first responders, and will be the ones to recover your money if at all possible!

Then report to:

  1. U.S. Secret Service – the Secret Service wants to talk to you Find the nearest U.S. Secret Service Field Office to you
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  1. Helen October 16, 2023 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    How can I truely connect with you all? I need support. hope, encouragement. Is there a link?

  2. Lisa September 18, 2023 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I am so thankful and blessed I found SCARS. The women in the groups are fantastic. I have learned so much from them. I have also learned from reading articles, videos, reading answers to questions the other women have answered. All the SCARS team have been Awesome, I could not ask for a better team. I enjoy the Wednesday Zoom call, to hear how the women are doing in their recovery. Thank you so much SCARS for all you do and continue to do for all of us. Words cannot express enough how much you have helped all of us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

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