Detecting and Preventing Mass-Market Fraud

This is an index page for sub-projects under the heading of my work on detecting and preventing mass-market fraud.

'Mass-market fraud' is a broad term which encompasses any kind of fraudulent transaction advertised through mass media (the Internet, telephony, mass mailing) and targeted at the general public or any appreciable segment thereof. Central examples include the infamous 419 emails, telemarketing fraud and Ponzi schemes. Less central examples of note include romance scams.

While much of the material associated with mass-market fraud is what most people would recognise as spam, it is surprisingly effective at extracting money from people, with large criminal industries formed around one or another form. The victims are sometimes fooled on a one-off basis, and are ashamed to admit that they were fooled, but many of them become 'repeat victims', entering into a sort of dependant relationship with the criminals -- sometimes many of them at the same time -- who continue to extract money from them until they are entirely destitute.


A Taxonomic Literature Review of Fraud Detection & Prevention

Understanding Persuasion in Fraud Transcripts

Detecting Romance Scammer Profiles in Online Dating Sites

Linguistic Prediction of Victim Personality Traits

Wasting Time Effectively: An Automatic Scam-baiter

General Resources