You are probably correct on all points. It’s been a valuable lesson. Fortunately my stupidity did not financially ruin me. I do not have all my eggs in one basket
a couple of issues at this point for you, assuming that your story is legit...
(a) if you were foolish enough to hand over that much money to someone that you dont know AND you have just told people that you can lose $50k or more and that doesnt hurt you...
you have just put a bullseye on your forehead... you are a target... if i were you, i would change my online identity and i wouldnt trust anyone..
move on with your life.
my best wishes to you.
also, you need to be aware that whoever these people were that ripped you off, they might send in another team to reload and strike again.
walk very softly my friend.