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Our Research Catalogue contains grants and outputs data up until April/May 2014.

An examination of the online romance scam

  • Start date: 01 December 2010
  • End date: 30 November 2011

This application is for funding to investigate the types of people conned by the online romance scam and how such deception psychologically affects a person, as well as the types of strategies that scammers use to con their victims. Specifically, the objectives of the research are to:

  1. Devise a typology of the personality traits as well as other characteristics for the types of individuals who are more likely to be conned by the online romance scam.
  2. Examine the persuasive techniques employed to con individuals.
  3. Examine the psychological consequences of being taken in by such a scam.
  4. Inform interested parties of the results of this project to help prevent these scams from happening in the first place.
application/pdf True romance?

Author: Monica Whitty Date: 28 November 2012 Journal article

application/pdf Online crimes

Author: Monica Whitty Date: 28 November 2012 Presentation/lecture

application/pdf Online crimes

Author: Monica Whitty Date: 28 November 2012 Presentation/lecture