The major beneficiaries of the research, which has attracted international attention, have been: - the police, nationally and internationally, through assistance, training and advice received on combating the crime and supporting victims; - the victims, through improvement in the quality of support available to them; - the public generally, through heightened awareness of the scam.
This study demonstrates how research by the Unit has substantially increased understanding and public awareness of this relatively new and under-reported crime, and helped the police and the online dating industry to address it more effectively.
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Ireland, June 13-17, 2011. Talk given to Fraud Women's Network, 21 New Street London, EC2M 4TP, July 28th, 2011.
Keynote address: Loved and lost: An examination of the psychological impact on victims of the romance scam. (2011) Romance Scams: Can we help potential victims? European Communication Research & Education Association: Interpersonal Communication & Social Interaction Section.
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