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Project Name: Scam Compliance and Personality Styles
What is the study about?
You are invited to participate in a questionnaire study. The purpose of this study is to examine personality traits, such as tendencies to be overly trusting, being easily persuaded, or not asserting oneself, and their relationship to the likelihood of being a victim of a scam.

Who is conducting the study?
This study is being conducted Ms Alessandra Teunisse ( as part of her PhD project, under the supervision of Dr Trevor Case, from the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University ( 02 9850 7736).
What does the study involve?
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire and demographic information in an online survey, which should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. 

It is not anticipated that completing the questions will cause you any distress. However, there are questions concerning negative experiences. If by answering any of the questions you feel concern or discomfort, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. Please contact Ms Alessandra Teunisse if you have concerns about the study. If you would like to discuss any personal issues, you are encouraged to contact the Mental Health Information Service (Australia only) for information about your nearest free service (phone: 02 9816 5688) or contact a local health service in your country.

Who will have access to my details?
As this is an anonymous questionnaire, no individual can be identified in any publication of the results. Apart from the researchers named above, the de-identified data may be made available to other researchers who request it. Please send an email to if you would like a summary of the results, which will be available in November 2017.
Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary: you are not obliged to participate and if you decide to participate, there will be an opportunity at the end to exclude your data from the analysis without having to give a reason and without consequence.
Please print a copy of this information form for your reference.
I have read and understood the information above. Please indicate if you agree or decline to participate in the study by following the appropriate link below.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email  Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.