The check is in the mail

Monetization of craigslist buyer scams

Jackie Jones, Damon McCoy

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    Abstract

    Nigerian or advance fee fraud scams continue to gain prevelance within the world of online classified advertisements. As law enforcement, user training, and website technologies improve to thwart known techniques, scammers continue to evolve their methods of targeting victims and monetizing their scam methods. As our understanding of the underground scammer community and their methods grows, we gain a greater insight about the critical points of disruption to interrupt the scammers ability to succeed. In this paper we extend on previous works about fake payment scams targeting Craigslist. To grow our understanding of scammer methods and how they monetize these scams, we utilize a data collection system posting "honeypot advertisements" on Craigslist offering products for sale and interact with scammers gathering information on their payment methods. We then conduct an analysis of 75 days worth of data to better understand the scammer's patterns, supporting agents, geolocations, and methods used to perpetuate fraudulent payments. Our analysis shows that 5 groups are responsible for over 50% of the scam payments received. These groups operate primarily out of Nigeria, but use the services of agents within the United States to facilitate the sending and receiving of payments and shipping of products to addresses both in Nigeria and the United States. This small number of scammer organizations combined with the necessity of support agents within the United States indicate areas for potential targeting and disruption of the key scammer groups.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages25-35
    Number of pages11
    Volume2014-January
    ISBN (Print)9781479965106
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2014
    Event2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014 - Birmingham, United States
    Duration: Sep 23 2014Sep 25 2014

    Other

    Other2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014
    CountryUnited States
    CityBirmingham
    Period9/23/149/25/14

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    Law enforcement
    Freight transportation
    Websites
    Sales
    Buyers
    Payment
    Targeting
    Disruption
    Nigeria
    Data collection
    Payment methods
    Shipping
    Web sites
    Fraud
    Critical point
    Information gathering
    Fees

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Information Systems
    • Information Systems and Management

    Cite this

    Jones, J., & McCoy, D. (2014). The check is in the mail: Monetization of craigslist buyer scams. In Proceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014 (Vol. 2014-January, pp. 25-35). [6963162] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ECRIME.2014.6963162

    The check is in the mail : Monetization of craigslist buyer scams. / Jones, Jackie; McCoy, Damon.

    Proceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014. Vol. 2014-January IEEE Computer Society, 2014. p. 25-35 6963162.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Jones, J & McCoy, D 2014, The check is in the mail: Monetization of craigslist buyer scams. in Proceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014. vol. 2014-January, 6963162, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 25-35, 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014, Birmingham, United States, 9/23/14. https://doi.org/10.1109/ECRIME.2014.6963162
    Jones J, McCoy D. The check is in the mail: Monetization of craigslist buyer scams. In Proceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014. Vol. 2014-January. IEEE Computer Society. 2014. p. 25-35. 6963162 https://doi.org/10.1109/ECRIME.2014.6963162
    Jones, Jackie ; McCoy, Damon. / The check is in the mail : Monetization of craigslist buyer scams. Proceedings of the 2014 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2014. Vol. 2014-January IEEE Computer Society, 2014. pp. 25-35
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