I just realized that I was scammed about 1 week ago, and I'm glad I found this forum today.
I was scammed of my parent's savings, got myself into a lot of financial debt, borrowed some more from a friend that I would need to urgently return. I had initially believed in the scammer's lies, and that it was a company that defrauded us. But something felt wrong in my gut and I checked the very first email that he had sent me. It was a fake email of a real company. That was when I knew I was scammed.
It has been a tough week. My 1st day was spent in shock, and trying to be strong for my parents as they had lost most of their savings. It was tough, and I tried all the stuff that Wayne
said not to do. Like trying to track down the innocent party's photo that was used, and maybe trying to warn them. I'm glad I came here, read the forums, and had reassurance that there is no point in doing so. It only prolongs the pain.
During this week, I sought out friends whom i know were non-judgmental, and asked for a listening ear and long walks together if possible. What helps was to find a different friend so far each day, so that each one is not too burdened by my emotions.
I still wake up feeling like crap, crying every morning at my stupidity. I still get a crushing sense of depression, that comes in waves. What has also helped is that I just start doing something, be it trying so get some work done, try to come up with a plan to make ends meet. Be responsible and repay the debts I owe.
I think I still need advice, reassurance as I rotate my group of friends. But I tell myself, I will not let the scammers rob me of my life. I need to live well, repay my debts and hopefully some day, I will be like the phoenix, rise up from my ashes again.