Money scams on dating sites
He confided he wanted to leave the army but could not afford it, and persuaded the women to part with the cash.
Continually asking for more, when the victim said she had no money contact ceased and realised she had been scammed.
A recent study by Monica Whitty, examined several psychological characteristics which she suggested might be important in predicting whether someone may be likely to fall victim to being scammed.
These were: In addition to the psychological characteristics described above, Whitty also looked at whether age, gender educational level and knowledge of cybersecurity, would predict an individual’s likelihood of being scammed.
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.
“Scammers will quickly interact with you, often showing you glamorous photos of themselves and gaining your trust.
“But how do you know it is actually the person you are communication online with?
they have an ill relative or they are stranded in a country they don’t want to be in and need money.)”They warned to never send money abroad to a person you have never met before.
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.
One case involved a 50-year-old women who lost £40,000 after being conned by a man pretending be in the armed forces serving in the Middle East.
After making contact on a dating website, they soon moved to communicating via email and phone, and despite making arrangements to meet face-to-face he would always cancel last minute.