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Title: The online romance scam: A serious cybercrime
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
Buchanan, Tom
First Published: 3-Feb-2012
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Citation: Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, 2012, 15 (3), pp. 181-183.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1089/cyber.2011.0352
ISSN: 2152-2715
eISSN: 2152-2723
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is a copy of an article published in the Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking © 2012 [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking is available online at:
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