13-Sep-2019 07:10

This paper explores cyber crimes at dating sites to determine their organizational dynamics.The first section discusses romance scams, which involve fake profiles, fraudulent e-mails, and money orders, gifts, and reshipping of goods.While the estimates of victimization are rough at best, online daters are prime targets of romance scams and identity fraud, and thereby warrant special attention.


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This paper concludes that the three dimensions of technology, cyberspace, and inadequate countermeasures collectively influence criminal organization and operation in cyberspace.However, this successful global industry is a frequent venue of cyber crime, which poses serious problems for matchmaking services and daters worldwide.This paper offers an overview of romance scams and identity fraud at dating sites, developing a typology of cyber criminals and analyzing each type along the dimensions of criminal techniques, organizations, and ideologies.The second section examines identity fraud occurring via dating sites.

The third section examines the organizational characteristics and sophistication of various online romance scammers.As King and Thomas (2009) note, romance scams are international in scope and no centralized database tracking victims and their losses is currently available.

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