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Title: The online dating romance scam: The psychological impact on victims – both financial and non-financial
Authors: Whitty, Monica
Buchanan, Tom
First Published: 3-Sep-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications for British Society of Criminology
Citation: Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2015, pp. 1-19, DOI: 10.1177/1748895815603773
Abstract: This article examines the psychological impact of the online dating romance scam. Unlike other mass-marketing fraud victims, these victims experienced a ‘double hit’ of the scam: a financial loss and the loss of a relationship. For most, the loss of the relationship was more upsetting than their financial losses (many described the loss of the relationship as a ‘death’). Some described their experience as traumatic and all were affected negatively by the crime. Most victims had not found ways to cope given the lack of understanding from family and friends. Denial (e.g. not accepting the scam was real or not being able to separate the fake identity with the criminal) was identified as an ineffective means of coping, leaving the victim vulnerable to a second wave of the scam. Suggestions are made as to how to change policy with regards to law enforcement to deal with this crime.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1748895815603773
ISSN: 1748-8958
eISSN: 1748-8966
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, The Authors. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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