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New resource guide helps CT residents recover from scams

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A new online guide helps people in Connecticut and nationwide recover from scams.

The Better Business Bureau's Scam Survival Kit connects people with services for them to mentally and financially recover from scams. Research shows after being scammed, people feel angry, anxious, stressed and have a loss of trust.

Kristen Johnson, communications director for the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut, said they often also feel isolated.

"A lot of them don't even want to admit it to their closest friends and family," Johnson explained. "They feel so alone like they're the only ones that have experienced this and don't realize there are thousands upon thousands of people that have experienced the very same scam, let alone all the different scams out there. "

She added it can lead to a loss of confidence and feelings of shame and embarrassment. The Scam Survival Kit aims to encourage more people to report scams. One feature of the kit is called Survivor Stories, featuring quotes from other people who have been the victims of scams. People can also upload their own words of encouragement so more people feel comfortable reporting their experiences.

While most people think about individual people being scammed, Johnson pointed out the Scam Survival Kit can also help businesses by focusing on data breaches.

"We're talking about data breaches because it's not only one of the more common types of scams to target businesses, but it's one of the most impactful," Johnson noted. "Because obviously, they can get a hold of financial information for the business, and for the employees. "

Businesses lose money around 30% of the time they are targeted by scammers, far less than individuals who are susceptible to scams. Businesses lose an average of $523 to scammers compared to about $100 reported by consumers.


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