Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Information Assurance: M.S.
Information Assurance and Information Systems
Herberger School of Business
Abdullah Abu Hussein
Creative Commons License
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Scam, Scam Triggers, Digital Infrastructure, Online business, Craigslist.
The internet and digital infrastructure play an important role in our day-to-day live, and it has also a huge impact on the organizations and how we do business transactions every day. Online business is booming in this 21st century, and there are many online platforms that enable sellers and buyers to do online transactions collectively. People can sell and purchase products that include vehicles, clothes, and shoes from anywhere and anytime. Thus, the purpose of this study is to identify and validate scam triggers using Craigslist as a case study. Craigslist is one of the websites where people can post advertising to sell and buy personal belongings online. However, with the growing number of people buying and selling, new threats and scams are created daily. Private cars are among the most significant items sold and purchased over the craigslist website. In this regard, several scammers have been drawn by the large number of vehicles being traded over craigslist. Scammers also use this forum to cheat others and exploit the vulnerable. The study identified online scam triggers including Bad key words, dealers’ posts as owners, personal email, multiple location, rogue picture and voice over IP to detect online scams that exists in craigslist. The study also found over 360 ads from craigslist based on our scam trigger. Finally, the study validated each and every one of the scam triggers and found 53.31% of our data is likelihood to be considered as a scam.
Hirei, Hassan Mohamed, "Investigating and Validating Scam Triggers: A Case Study of a Craigslist Website" (2020). Culminating Projects in Information Assurance. 110.