How Scams Work Typically, after developing a fallacious relationship with a potential victim, the scammer relays a sob story to them which will involve a request for money.
The reason given for the monetary request is usually some kind of emergency for example they have to pay an unexpected hospital bill arising from a sudden illness or accident.
Finally, there was no difference between those who reported they had high knowledge of cybersecurity compared to those who reported they knew little.
Thirdly, the research revealed that individuals who have an addictive personality are more likely to be the victims of romance scams.
Whitty suggests that people get involved in scams because they become addicted to the scam itself.
From these there were 200 who had been scammed via a romance scam.
Age was categorized as young 18-34 years, middle age 35-54 years, and older which was 55 years and over.
Secondly, respondents who scored high on trust in others were more likely to be the victims of dating scams.
This really speaks for itself in that trusting and possibly even gullible people are more likely to be victims of dating scams.As the scam progresses the nature of the emergency becomes more desperate and more and more money is requested from the victim.Stories exist of victims parting with their life savings and even remortgaging their houses to obtain funds to send to the scammer. The scenario described above sounds so incredible that doubtless we would say that we would never fall for such a ploy. Therefore the question is whether psychology can help in predicting the types of people most likely to fall victim to dating scams.The participants in this study were 11,780 people from the UK who completed an online survey.10,723 were not victims of scams, 728 were one-off victims, with 329 being repeat victims.relaying the story of an emergency requiring rapid and urgent help).