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Romance Scam Survivor: The Whole Sordid Story Paperback – February 13, 2018
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About the Author
Having spent 30 years in the IT industry Jan Marshall had reached a senior level in her professional field, earning a 6 figure income. After an interstate move in 2012, Jan looked to online dating to find a companion with whom to explore her new location. Unfortunately, this developed into an online romance scam where Jan lost more than $260,000 over several months. This lead to grief, shame, financial devastation, and a shattered self image. Jan credits having her Ragdoll cat Cookie with helping her get through the tough recovery process, lasting over two years. After this time Jan decided she had to go public about what had happened to her. A journey of discovery that Jan began simply to help herself understand and come to terms with that had happened to her, became Jan's transformation from victim, to survivor, to advocate. Jan discovered within herself a level of courage that surprised even her! Jan is one of the rare few survivors of a romance scam who has the courage to speak up, and she does - loudly, eloquently and frequently! Jan is an accomplished Public Speaker, Advocate and Author. Her book, "Romance Scam Survivor, The Whole Sordid Story," doesn't hold back. If you've ever considered internet dating, this book is a must read - it might save you your life savings! In her spare time Jan paints in watercolour, and enjoys time walking and swimming. She remains single, having not venture back to online dating. For more information, check her Blog site: www.romancescamsurvivor.org. Twitter: @JanCarMar Web: www.janmarshall.com.au LinkedIn: https: //www.linkedin.com/in/janmarshall53/
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Like anyone in love, she was in an altered state of mind; what has been compared by experts in the field of brain science as akin to cocaine addiction. She didn't know it was a scam. In her normal conscious awareness months later, she was shocked at what she had done to herself.
The frequency of online dating scams is impossible to measure, as most people are so ashamed, feel so foolish, and are so depressed that they wouldn't want anyone to know what fools they have become. Jan Marshall has used her subsequent depression to reclaim her autonomy and her self-respect by going public with her experience. In doing so, she has become an advocate for those who have suffered in this way. I'm not going to call them 'victims'. We can all fall for our own illusions at times, but the cost of falling for romance scam illusions can be life-alteringly expensive, and not only financially.
In reclaiming her life, choosing to move forward and make something useful of a truly horrible experience, Jan Marshall has become a writer, advocate and teacher. She may have lost her money, and she has used this to contribute to others, to society at large, and to forge her own next pathways in life. It's an admirable direction, and would not be possible but for her deep authenticity and willingness to bare her soul and vulnerability in public.
In full disclosure, I have known the author for many years as a friend. I witnessed some of her difficult journey. The book itself is a rivetting read, and the author has my deep admiration. Read it and educate yourself. You never know when it could be useful to have the information you will learn at your fingertips.