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Published Online: 12 March 2012

The Online Romance Scam: A Serious Cybercrime

Publication: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume 15, Issue Number 3

Abstract

The Online Romance Scam is a relatively new form of fraud that became apparent in about 2008. In this crime, criminals pretend to initiate a relationship through online dating sites then defraud their victims of large sums of money. This paper presents some descriptive statistics about knowledge and victimization of the online dating romance scam in Great Britain. Our study found that despite its newness, an estimated 230,000 British citizens may have fallen victim to this crime. We conclude that there needs to be some rethinking about providing avenues for victims to report the crime or at least making them more comfortable when doing so.

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cover image Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume 15Issue Number 3March 2012
Pages: 181 - 183
PubMed: 22304401

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Published online: 12 March 2012
Published in print: March 2012
Published ahead of print: 3 February 2012

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    Monica T. Whitty, Ph.D.
    Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.
    Tom Buchanan, Ph.D.
    Department of Psychology, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

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    Address correspondence to:Prof. Monica WhittyDepartment of Media and CommunicationUniversity of LeicesterRoom 703 Attenborough BuildingLeicester LE1 7RHUnited Kingdom
    E-mail: [email protected]

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