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Have ever had a salesman ask you whether you like the product they are trying to sell you? Then they have you, because their next line is that if you like it you should buy it, and if you don't then your thoughts could be in conflict or dissonant.A similar technique is employed by the dating site scammer.The foot in the door tactic predicts that we may be more likely to comply to the request for the larger amount of money only after we have agreed to sending the smaller amount first.A further psychological technique employed by the scammer’s is explained by cognitive dissonance theory (Festinger & Carlsmith, 1959).This could evolve over time or just be apparent in one single message, possibly indicative that the scammers are working as a team.Thirdly, the picture on the scammer’s profile may look just too good to be true, because the scammer has stolen the photo (and maybe even the identity) from somewhere else on the Internet, possibly even a site belonging to a model.Other scams include the travel scam which involves the scammer making romantic advances to the victim, before asking them for money to travel to visit them, the phone scam, where the scammer asks the victim to call a number that will cost the victim an excessive amount of money, and the postal scam, whereby the victim is befriended online by a person from abroad who claims to live in the victim’s country but be working abroad.The scammer asks for emergency money convincing the victim that they are the only one who can help.
Secondly, there may be a change in the tone, language, style or grammar used in the reply you receive.
“She asked for money for air tickets and then some money to prove she had enough to live on while in UK.
She was then arrested at customs before boarding the plane with a priceless icon and so was jailed. I declined.” These are just two quotes given by victims from our recent survey on online dating scams.
Scammers work by setting up false profiles on online dating websites.
They then contact other people registered on the site, and after a period of time cultivating a fictitious relationship and expressing their love for the person they have contacted, they attempt to extract money from their victims.