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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. Finally, there was no difference between those who reported they had high knowledge of cybersecurity compared to those who reported they knew little.

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Furthermore, it is females who are middle aged who are also likely to be more vulnerable.

The findings from this research provide insight into the types of people likely to become scam victims, and have implications for scam awareness and scam prevention.

In fact, the opposite was the case with better educated people more likely to be scammed.

Previous research by Fisher, Lea and Evans (2013) suggested that overconfidence may cause people to be more vulnerable and therefore it may be the case that better educated individuals are confident that they can identify a scam whereas in reality they cannot.

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.

Psychological Factors Affecting the Likelihood of Being Scammed Firstly, Whitty found that the respondents who scored high on impulsivity were more likely to be the victims of scams.

One of the tactics employed by the scammer is the creation of a sense of urgency to respond to their request (e.g.

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.

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.

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