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Online romance scams and victimhood

Show simple item record Sorell, Tom Whitty, Monica 2020-09-03T21:13:26Z 2020-09-03T21:13:26Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Sorell, Tom; Whitty, Monica. (2019). Online romance scams and victimhood. Security Journal, 20 pgs. en_US
dc.description.abstract Online romance scams defraud dating website users of large amounts of money and inflict serious psychological harm. Victims of these scams often blame themselves for their losses and are blamed by others. We consider whether victims actually do share responsibility with the scammer for their losses. Three sorts of cases are par-ticularly relevant: (i) where there are relatively many abortive meetings and even more fruitless money transfers in a single scam; (ii) where someone is a repeat scam victim; and (iii) where the victim has been warned by authorities that they are cur-rently a victim of a scam and pay anyway. We argue that responsibility sometimes isshared, but that losses can be out of proportion to imprudence. Scam victims some-times violate epistemic norms, but in ways that are peculiar to romantic attachment. The paper combines the methods of qualitative psychological research on scam vic-tims and analytic philosophy (Research for this paper was supported by Grant EP/N028112/1 from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Romance Scams en_US
dc.subject Online Victimization en_US
dc.subject Internet Dating Fraud en_US
dc.subject Repeat Victimization en_US
dc.subject Online Fraud en_US
dc.subject Case Study en_US
dc.subject Advance Fee Fraud en_US
dc.subject Victim Strategies en_US
dc.subject Characteristics en_US
dc.subject Social Norms en_US
dc.subject Internet Use en_US
dc.subject Vulnerable Populations en_US
dc.subject High-risk Behavior en_US
dc.title Online romance scams and victimhood en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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