Internet Romance Scammers Know What Their Victims Are Longing To Hear
It can be surprisingly easy to fall prey to a romance scam — and has nothing to do with stupidity, an online fraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.
A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. expert has warned.
- Smart people regularly fall for romance scams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. and it can be easy to fall for a person you’ve never met, says Suli Malet-Warden
- Hundreds of relationship scams A Relationship Scam is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money!
Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? reported in the four years to 2018 cost an average of $117,000 per event
- Ms Malet-Warden says people are more trusting with online relationships because they see no non-verbal cues
It is a ‘romance’ between people who never meet, based purely on text messages, internet liaisons, and phone calls.
Yet victims all too often are willing to give away thousands of dollars and risk facilitating a crime.
Learn more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-26/romance-scammers-know-what-victims-long-to-hear-expert-says/11350738