Low Self-Control, Information Disclosure, and the Risk of Online Fraud

Gustavo S. Mesch, Matias Dodel

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    Abstract

    This study investigates the risk of being a target of an attempt at fraud through email by assessing the role of low self-control, online activities, and the disclosure of personal information. A secondary analysis of the 2014 U.S. “Caught in the Scammers’ Net”, a national survey of online victimization (N = 1,539), indicates that those with low self-control and individuals who engage in online activities are more likely to disclose personal information online. The risk of being targeted with a fraudulent offer is also associated with low self-control and online routine activities. Responding to a fraudulent offer is associated with disclosing personal information online and low self-control. Taken together, our empirical evidence strengthens the central role of low self-control theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1356-1371
    Number of pages16
    JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
    Volume62
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    We would like to acknowledge the excellent comments from Rana Abbas, Inbal Lam, Monica Whitty, Wenhong Chen, Anabel Quan-Haase, and anonymous reviewers. The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Financial support for this research was received from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Israel and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2018 SAGE Publications.

    Keywords

    • disclosure of personal information
    • online fraud victimization
    • self-control
    • victimization targets

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Education
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences (all)

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