Investigators should be aware of "false victimization syndrome" involving cases where a complainant may falsely allege a case of criminal harassment.
***The motives for these complainants to falsify an allegation of stalking include:
1. the need for an alibi or excuse for personal behaviour;
2. the desire for reconciliation or a closer attachment to someone by placing that person in the role of rescuer;
3. the need for revenge against someone who has rejected them or threatens their security; or to attract attention and sympathy.
Note that it should not be concluded that a victim is making false accusations without extremely thorough investigation: "all victim reports warrant careful, complete, and timely investigation characterized by professionalism and respect that will prevent any secondary victimization by the investigating process."