relaying the story of an emergency requiring rapid and urgent help).The victim has no time to carefully consider the scammer’s monetary request or their own response, and this is therefore the reason as to why impulsive individuals are more likely to fall victim to this tactic.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.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.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.
However, knowledge of cybersecurity was measured with only one item, which may not have been sensitive enough to detect any real difference in this. Overall then it seems that impulsive and trusting people with addictive personalities are more likely to become victims of scams.
Scammers operate by constructing false profiles on dating sites, cultivating relationships with potential victims, before attempting to extract money from them.
Furthermore, scammers sometimes steal the identities of other people who have internet or social networking profiles, and use these stolen identities in their fake dating profiles in order to appear more attractive or appealing.
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.