This is an interesting question, I think I have an answer for based on many years of experience with the love rats.
The simple and direct answer is, they're human. They do have feelings, like any human. That said, there are people of any race, gender, religion or nationality, that don't have feelings of love and compassion. They are called sociopaths. And there are a few scammers that are true sociopaths. But I believe they are few.
A sociopath is often intelligent and skilled at manipulating the emotions of others. The sociopath considers those feelings as weaknesses and probably even resents their victims for having them. This makes it easy for the sociopath to enjoy the pain and harm they bring to their victims. It makes them feel powerful.
Keep in mind however, true sociopaths are rare. Over my many years of scam baiting, I outed several scammers and got to know them very well on a personal level, through email, chat and Skype. I never met a true sociopathic scammer.
I met several young men who were insecure and usually struggling financially and wanting love, respect and fast easy money. They were all being manipulated and taught to scam by gang leaders who were probably the true sociopaths.
I believe I may have had some contact with actual sociopaths on rare occasions, but they were impervious to my attempts to reason with and manipulate them into revealing themselves. I was only able to communicate with their worker bees with consciences.
All scammers are trained. Some have more skills than others. The sociopath gang leaders organize them as a team with different responsibilities at each stage of the scam. There's are some independents but most are teams. They have scripts to follow. But having the capability to feel love themselves, gives them insight to human emotions that allows them to better manipulate their victim's emotions.
They bury their compassion under resentment for those they perceive as wealthy oppressors. There is rampant prejudice for people of other races and religions, too. Most justify their behaviors by telling themselves that their victims deserve what they get.
I have managed to turn the tables on several scammers over the years and I have seen them beaten, robbed and thrown out from their gang. I have been able to reverse scam a few into following my instructions as I lied to them and sent them on trips far away from their homes, with their intentions to meet me. On most of these scam baits, my own conscience bothered me so badly that I had to retire my baiting persona and dump the former scammer flat.
Only one scammer I baited, was close to being a sociopath (but not quite or I never would have been able to manipulate him in the first place). Him I sent on a safari, making him rent a hotel room and wait for me with champagne, chocolates and condoms. When I didn't show up I got him to appear naked on Skype where I recorded our final conversation of me mocking him for being so stupid and berating him for being a bad scammer. I did not feel good about me judging and punishing him and I never did that again, even though I consoled myself by reminding myself he stole $5,000 from someone I still consider a dear friend to this day. What I did was revenge and revenge does not feel good to me. I have a conscience.
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