It would seem reasonable to assume that kind people may be more likely to want to help people in distress and be more likely to be scammed.
Yet contrary to this prediction, the results of this study found that less kind people are more likely to be scam victims.
As the scam progresses the nature of the emergency becomes more desperate and more and more money is requested from the victim.
Stories exist of victims parting with their life savings and even remortgaging their houses to obtain funds to send to the scammer. The scenario described above sounds so incredible that doubtless we would say that we would never fall for such a ploy. Therefore the question is whether psychology can help in predicting the types of people most likely to fall victim to dating scams.
Scammers operate by constructing false profiles on dating sites, cultivating relationships with potential victims, before attempting to extract money from them.