Other Factors Predicting Likelihood of Being Scammed In addition to the psychological factors outlined above, this study also found that age predicted vulnerability to being scammed, with middle aged people more likely to be the victims of scamming than younger or older people. Psychological Characteristics of Romance Scam Victims’ Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking.More specifically, 21% of victims were younger, (aged 18-34), 63% middle aged (aged 35-54) with 16% being older (aged 55 or over). If you need to check on your partner’s sincerity,employee’s honesty,recover your email passwords, Social networks *Institutional servers-keylogging -*University grades changing / Admin(staff) *Account hack -Access/Password *Credit score increase *Facebook, instagram, bbm, Skype, snapchat,zoosk, *Various blogs, icloud, apple accounts etc *Clearing of criminal records- *Email accounts hack ( gmail,yahoo mail,hotmail )*Databases hack- Untraceable IP *Change your school grades, *Gain access to bank accounts. From these there were 200 who had been scammed via a romance scam.
Scammers operate by constructing false profiles on dating sites, cultivating relationships with potential victims, before attempting to extract money from them.
Furthermore, scammers sometimes steal the identities of other people who have internet or social networking profiles, and use these stolen identities in their fake dating profiles in order to appear more attractive or appealing.
Those who score highly on measures of addiction find it more difficult to ‘walk away’ from the scammer and the scam once it has started, and surprisingly sometimes even when they are informed by the authorities that they have been scammed.
The explanation is that the scam victims are similar to gamblers in that they get caught up in the process, perceiving it as a ‘near win’ situation.
The participants in this study were 11,780 people from the UK who completed an online survey.
10,723 were not victims of scams, 728 were one-off victims, with 329 being repeat victims.
relaying the story of an emergency requiring rapid and urgent help).
The victim has no time to carefully consider the scammer’s monetary request or their own response, and this is therefore the reason as to why impulsive individuals are more likely to fall victim to this tactic.
Finally, there was no difference between those who reported they had high knowledge of cybersecurity compared to those who reported they knew little.
However, knowledge of cybersecurity was measured with only one item, which may not have been sensitive enough to detect any real difference in this. Overall then it seems that impulsive and trusting people with addictive personalities are more likely to become victims of scams.
However, in the current study, a person’s level of greed or their perception of their own trustworthiness did not predict their susceptibility to being scammed.