Prof. Dr. Tom Buchanan’s talk on “Psychology of the Online Dating Romance Scam” on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12.00 – 13.30

Prof. Dr. Tom Buchanan (Westminster University, London, UK) will hold a talk on Psychology of the Online Dating Romance Scam”.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12.00 – 13.30
Sala de Videoconferencia, ESIDE, Deusto University

Abstract: The online dating romance scam is a relatively new and under-reported international crime. It has serious financial and emotional consequences, which may have affected large numbers of people. Little is known about psychological characteristics that may put people at risk of victimization, or the effects of being targeted by scammers. This talk describes a project examining the psychological processes underlying online romance scams, possible risk factors, and psychological consequences for victims. Findings from two online studies will be reported, and implications for crime-prevention and victim protection will be discussed.