Understanding the psychological reasons people fall for online scams


Lester speaks to Clinical psychologist Dr David Rosenstein, and Ryan Stramrood who’s profile was used by online scammers.

  • The human need for relationship, emotional connection is a powerful force psychologically says clinical psychologist
  • Fraudsters prey on those human needs
  • In the moment, the need for relationship can lead to made judgments about emotional or financial investments for the future, says Dr David Rosenstein

Co-fraternity Black Axe suspected of scamming victims using social media and online dating websites is in the headlines this week.

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Why do we fall for scams, whether they be a con online or a call for a bogus fundraiser? What

leaves us susceptible to manipulation and having the wool pulled over our eyes, asks Lester, and…

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