People who recently experienced hardship, such as divorcees and widowers, tend to fall in this category.
Optimism bias is when someone feels less at risk for a negative outcome than the average person.
Many victims believe that because so many people use online dating sites, their chances of coming across a romance scammer are fairly slim.
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However, scams disproportionately target older women: 68% of complaints submitted in 2011 were targeted at women, and 82% of those affected women over 40 years of age. There was a guy that I met when I’m still at home in Florida (two month ago) so the guy told me that he love me. We have fun and know much more about each other together in the same room.
Women who have been divorced, disabled, or widowed are also prime targets. And the next day I can't find this guy any more he ran away with all my money and my goods.
Once a payment has been made, the scammer will stumble into more and more tragic situations, requiring more and more money from the victim, until the victim terminates the relationship or the scammer ceases contact.