Pain of Rejection Makes Us More Likely to Commit Fraud

In a user study into online insurance fraud, we found that people are more dishonest when they are rejected. It appears that the negative feeling ellicited by rejection, rather than a loss in monetary reward, drives this process. The research paper appears in Frontiers in Psychology, and already appears in the list of most downloaded papers.

The study has received internal press attention from Frontiers, ScienceDaily, NewsWise and others. We are looking for partners that deal with online fraud to test ways to prevent it.