The purpose of this page is to dispel the stigma surrounding being a victim of a scam. If a person is robbed while depositing money at a bank, no one blames that person, instead saying something similar to “they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.” But if someone is the victim of a scam, a lot of people say things like “How could you have been so stupid as to have fallen for that?”
Scammers are excellent at what they do. They know how to exploit fear, loneliness, and need. They often pounce when a person is vulnerable and their guard is lowered. Times when people are busiest, such as holidays, are a scammer’s playground. Calling at times when people are preoccupied, such as dinnertime, is a common trick scammers use to increase the odds that a victim will not pay close attention and fall for the scam.
Scamming others is as old as biblical times and likely even older. But with the advent of the internet, you can be the victim of a scammer from your town or from around the world.
Sharing your story can help you get support from others who’ve experienced similar victimization. It can also help prevent others from being victimized by learning from your example. You don’t have to have lost money to be a victim. One can have a narrow escape, and be psychologically traumatized, losing their confidence in themselves and ability to trust others. Such losses can be even harder to recover from than monitary ones. So please–share your story. It can help you heal, and it can prevent others from being victimized. Thank you.
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