Scamming the Scammers: Towards Automatic Detection of Persuasion in Advance Fee Frauds

  title={Scamming the Scammers: Towards Automatic Detection of Persuasion in Advance Fee Frauds},
  author={Matthew John Edwards and Claudia Peersman and Awais Rashid},
  journal={Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion},
Advance fee fraud is a significant component of online criminal activity. Fraudsters can often make off with significant sums, and victims will usually find themselves plagued by follow-up scams. Previous studies of how fraudsters persuade their victims have been limited to the initial solicitation emails sent to a broad population of email users. In this paper, we use the lens of scam-baiting -- a vigilante activity whereby members of the public intentionally waste the time of fraudsters -- to… Expand
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