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Research Undertaken at The University of Leicester

This report summaries a year-long project, led by Professor Whitty, which examined the online dating romance scam. The three main aims of the project were to: identify psychological characteristics of individuals which raise their risk of becoming victims; examine the persuasive techniques employed to scam victims of the online dating romance scam; examine the psychological consequences of being a victim of the online dating romance scam.

Principal Investigator: Professor Monica Whitty (University of Leicester), Co-investigator: Dr. Tom Buchanan (University of Westminster)
Report compiled: April, 2012

Report Executive Summary

This report summaries a year-long project, led by Professor Whitty, which examined the online dating romance scam. The three main aims of the project were to: identify psychological characteristics of individuals which raise their risk of becoming victims; examine the persuasive techniques employed to scam victims of the online dating romance scam; examine the psychological consequences of being a victim of the online dating romance scam.

Drawing from the qualitative work conducted in the project a summary of the anatomy of the scam is made.

Study 1 considered the types of people more at risk of this scam. The only finding was that those high in romantic beliefs were more likely to be victims, in particular, those who have a high tendency toward idealization of romantic partners.