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 theoretical framework for this paper borrows from criminal organization and network-based theories.
Document analysis is conducted on data from dating sites, news and media sites, anti-scam commissions, law enforcement agencies, and government agencies, from 2000 to 2009.
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