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Romance Scam Research Center

2022: AU: Exploring Fear of Crime for Those Targeted by Romance Fraud

Cassandra Cross & Murray Lee (2022) Exploring Fear of Crime for Those Targeted by Romance Fraud, Victims & Offenders, 17:5, 735-755, DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2021.2018080

Abstract: "This article assesses 3,259 romance fraud reports made by individuals to Scamwatch (Australian online reporting portal for fraud), between July 2018 – July 2019 (inclusive). It seeks to highlight experiences of fear of crime as articulated by the complainants. Drawing on frameworks used to analyze fear of crime (specifically the affective, behavioral and cognitive aspects of fear) the article is an exploratory assessment of how fear of crime is evident in those targeted by romance fraud. It builds a model for better understanding differing victim responses to romance fraud and the often-hidden harms involved around the anxieties of victims which importantly, can manifest in both online and offline environments."

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