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Online dating scammers pretend to initiate a romantic relationship through online dating services and then defraud their victims of large sums of money over a period of months or longer. Monica Whitty, University of Leicester, UK, and Tom Buchanan, University of Westminster, London, UK, document the rapid growth in these serious crimes and how cybercriminals pursue and steal from their victims. They describe the devastating financial and emotional losses the victims suffer. -Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an online scammer or about a victim of an online scammer who gets even.
Journaling Prompt: If you’ve tried online dating, write about the experience and what you learned from trying it.
Art Prompt: Online dating scammer
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how society has changed and why people have to find dates online.
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