Be a Curious Romantic: Understanding how Romance Fraud Works with Linguistic Analysis

Episode Summary

Dr Elisabeth Carter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Forensic Linguist at the University of Roehampton joins us to discuss romance fraud and the mechanisms that offenders use to victimize intelligent and rational people. We discuss linguistic analysis, genre-mapping, coercive control and how we can help victims and those around them to reduce the harm of this form of crime. Dr James joins us again to answer another of my silly questions about digital forensics.

Episode Notes

About Our Guest:

Dr Elisabeth Carter

Papers mentioned in this Episode:

Carter, E. (2021). Distort, extort, deceive and exploit: Exploring the inner workings of a romance fraud. The British Journal of Criminology, 61(2), 283-302.


Carter, E. (2015). Laughing matters: A conversation analytic account the use of laughter by suspects and officers in the police interview. Essex Graduate Journal of Sociology, 7(1), 99-113.,%20Elisabeth%20Laughing%20matters.pdf


Carter, E. (2015). The anatomy of written scam communications: An empirical analysis. Crime, Media, Culture, 11(2), 89-103.


A Guide to Spotting Romance Fraudsters

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About our Expert Guest:

Dr. Joshua James


What we learned:

What happens where there is a difference in analysis between digital forensics investigators ?

Like physical evidence there is little room for differences regarding the facts of a case.  There might be a different in explanation of the meaning of a piece of evidence depending on the story they are presenting. The tools are an instrument of interpreting the meaning of information on a device and tools can make mistakes.  Using multiple tools that extract and analyze data from devices reduces the chance of this happening.  


Thanks very much to my neighbours for assisting with the voice over for this episode. I do hope the human/furniture couples ballroom dancing and hollering team goes well in whichever competition you are preparing for.   Also thanks to my audio editing software for deciding to have a meltdown and give me the opportunity to do the final mastering twice.  

This episode's track is called 'curious diamonds'. Not all of the songs for podcast episodes get a name, but it did this time.