Money scams on dating sites
The participants in this study were 11,780 people from the UK who completed an online survey.
The Met said: “Scammers will normally try and steer you away from communicating on a legitimate dating website that could be monitored by staff.
There are many benefits to online dating which include access to a large number of possible dates, on some sites a potential matching system which might align people with compatible dates, and the possibility of communicating with these dates before meeting them in person (Finkel, Eastwick, Karney, Reis, & Sprecher, 2012).
However, there are also risks attached to online dating, not least the possibility of being scammed.
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.