They may experience a generalised loss of trust in others, and sometimes withdrawal and isolation.
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.
This prevailing sense of shame can lead to ongoing issues of depression or anxiety, with subsequent loss of job productivity, and withdrawal from social supports and engagement within the community.
Others experience anger and rage and might try to engage with the scammer to enact revenge or get their money back.
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.