Title

Online Deception and Situations Conducive to the Progression of Non-payment Fraud

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Keywords

Online fraud, deception

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/0735648X.2019.1691857

Abstract

Adopting the criminal event perspective, we explore how online fraudsters make use of urgency cues in their interactions with potential victims throughout the progression of an online nonpayment fraud attempt. Integrating claims from the ‘Interpersonal-Deception Theory’ with situational explanations of crime, we investigate whether fraudsters’ presentations of verbal cues of urgency during the early stages of a criminal event are followed by a consistent presentation of verbal and non-verbal urgency cues. To answer this question, we posted a large number of ‘for-sale’ advertisements over a classified-ad website and interacted with online fraudsters and legitimate users who responded to our ads over email. Our findings highlight the relevance of the criminal event perspective in guiding research on targets and offenders in cyberspace.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Crime and Justice, v. 42, issue 5, p. 516-535

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