Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
This leaves many victims not only embarrassed but also in financial distress.
And Hall’s findings suggest that those flirtations, if they’re on social networking sites, are increasingly likely to lead to meaningful relationships, and even happy marriages.
A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications.
“I was surprised by a lot of these results,” he says.