Silent Suffering: the Hidden Pain of Fraud Victims

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Silent Suffering: the Hidden Pain of Fraud Victims
Silent Suffering: the Hidden Pain of Fraud Victims

Africa-Press – Ghana. Anti-fraud expert Isaac Obour has shed light on the often overlooked and silent suffering of fraud victims.

According to Obour, many victims endure a significant amount of pain in silence, fearing judgment and criticism from society if they share their stories, thus making it difficult for them to seek support or share their experiences.

Obour, an IT Auditor and Cybersecurity Analyst, emphasized that the fear of criticism often stems from the substantial financial losses involved.

“These victims cannot talk about their predicament; they suffer in silence because they are criticized and can potentially be described as fools, victims of fraud suffer greatly because our society is very judgmental towards them,” Obour stated on Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa show on June 25.

“Most of the time, the money that has been taken away from them is huge, and they cannot disclose the amount due to embarrassment. Disclosing to someone that he or she was in possession of such an amount can be very challenging for victims,” Obour elaborated.

Interestingly, the IT Auditor pointed out that it is often well-educated and highly esteemed individuals who fall prey to fraud schemes.

“There are very big men, intellectual men that find themselves in such situations,” he said. “I’ve met lawyers, doctors, people that we hold in high esteem who have been scammed a great deal, The mere fact that people might say to them ‘why did you allow such a thing to happen to you?’ or ‘a whole you?’ makes it tough for victims to talk about it,” he revealed highlighting the pervasive and non-discriminatory nature of fraud, affecting individuals across various professional and social strata.

This difficulty in sharing their plight he says not only hampers their ability to seek help but also contributes to their ongoing suffering.

This societal tendency to judge and blame victims rather than offer empathy and understanding, Obour says further isolates those affected.

He contrasted this with the societal response to victims of robbery, who typically receive more empathy and support, Fraud victims, on the other hand, are frequently criticized and potentially labeled as foolish for falling into scams, despite their often-substantial intelligence and achievements.

Obour called for a more compassionate and understanding approach towards fraud victims. “Society needs to be more careful when it comes to dealing with people who find themselves victimized by scammers because people lose themselves and lose the will to go on in life. It’s just too sad when it comes to victims of fraud,” he urged.

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