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.
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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.
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- disclosure of personal information
- online fraud victimization
- victimization targets
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Cultural Studies
- Sociology and Political Science
- Social Sciences (all)