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dc.contributor.authorDreijers, Guntars
dc.contributor.authorRudziša, Valda
dc.description.abstractVirtual communication transcends national boundaries and allows establishing and maintaining contacts efficiently. However, it also poses threats to integrity and ethical online conduct. In particular, dating sites and unsolicited e-messages often prey on vulnerable unsuspecting people with an intention to extort financial means. The internet is a medium where anonymity, disguise and fraud are widespread. Scammers use linguopsychological devices to lure potential victims into the scam scenario. Devices were screened and categorized from seven letter-sets (each set containing 18–23 letters) including correspondence with scammers. The sets revealed similar lexical and macrostructural patterns common in e-romance scam. Frequently employed devices appeared to signal scammers’ malicious intents often potentially detrimental to a victim. Persuasion, flattering, appeal to trust, core human drives such as bonding, greed, altruism are among the most popular scammers’ devices. The method of structural reduction allowed establishing functional stages in the macrostructure of letter-sets.en
dc.publisherWydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiegopl
dc.relation.ispartofseriesResearch in Language;1en
dc.subjectdating sitesen
dc.subjecte-romance scamen
dc.subjectlinguopsychological devicesen
dc.subjectelectronic communicationen
dc.titleDevices of Textual Illusion: Victimization in Romance Scam E-Lettersen
dc.contributor.authorAffiliationDreijers, Guntars - Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Latviaen
dc.contributor.authorAffiliationRudziša, Valda - Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Latviaen
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