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Ms Martina Dove

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6312
  • Email: martina.dove@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science

Biography

My research concentrates on the psychology of fraud. What makes each individual vulnerable to scams? Are all people the same when it comes to how attractive they find fraudulent offers that come their way? Exploring factors implicated in scam compliance as well as the psychology behind scam techniques employed by perpetrators, offers better understanding of how, why and at what times people engage with fraudulent offers. This understanding is crucial for successful fraud prevention.

Under the supervision of Dr Mark Turner, Dr Darren Van Laar and Dr Alessandra Fasulo, I conducted an interview study with victims of scams in order to gain better understanding of the factors that contribute to vulnerability once a scam is encountered. The results, along with the available theories on gullibility, scam susceptibility and persuasion, were used to create a psychometric questionnaire. Five-factor Susceptibility to fraud scale (STFS) was developed and tested. The scale shows an individual area of vulnerability with regards to scam situations, which may offer ways of creating tailor-made fraud prevention in the future.

Conferences and Publications

Dove, M. Turner, M and Van Laar, D. (2013). Psychological Factors in the Reduction of Susceptibility to Internet Scams. First Annual Cyberpsychology Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Dove, M., Turner, M., Van Laar, D. and Fasulo, A. (2015). The voices of scam victims: A psychological model of the experience of fraud. Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, University of Wolverhampton 

Dove, M., Turner, M., Van Laar, D. and Fasulo, A. (2016). Predicting individual differences in vulnerability to fraud: the development of a scam susceptibility scale.  Rethinking Cybercrime Conference, University of Central Lancashire

Dove, M., Turner, M., Van Laar, D. and Fasulo, A. (2016). Predicting individual differences in vulnerability to fraud: the development of a scam susceptibility scale.  Science Together: Science Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Portsmouth

Presentations

Dove, M. Turner, M and Van Laar, D. (2013). Psychological Factors in the Reduction of Susceptibility to Internet Scams. Poster presentation, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Dove, M. Turner, M and Van Laar, D. Fassulo, A (2014). Individual Factors in the Reduction of Susceptibility to Internet and Face-to-Face Scams. Oral presentation, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Dove, M. Turner, M and Van Laar, D. Fassulo, A (2014). Individual Factors in the Reduction of Susceptibility to Internet and Face-to-Face Scams. Poster presentation, University of Portsmouth, UK. 

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