Psychological effects of speed dating
Some dating scammers also send money to their victims claiming the money is for charity, or a business deal.
They request victims to process it through their own bank account and then send the funds to specified third parties via a money transfer system such as Western Union.
Some victims of dating scams, especially if they were scammed out of their lifesavings, can even exhibit symptoms that would meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Especially if a parent was the victim and adult children feel like large sums of money have been given to a stranger by their parent who refused to listen to their advice and warnings.
Such situations can lead to continued friction and a loss of support for the parent once the scam is exposed.
They sometimes can fall victim to secondary scams, where the scammer admits their deceit, but claims to have unintentionally fallen in love with the victim and truly does wish to be involved in a relationship with them.
This secondary betrayal can lead to emotional devastation for victims who believe the scammer and are betrayed all over again.Feelings can take many different forms depending on the person, the length of time involved and the degree of betrayal experienced. Victims often go through stages of grief similar to those who have lost a loved one in death.