Craigslist fails to flag most scam rental ads, study finds
More than half of suspicious real estate ads are never flagged for removal by Craigslist.
- Jeremy Kirk for PC World February 16th, 2016
- Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3033878/security/craigslist-fails-to-flag-most-scam-rental-ads-study-finds.html
Craigslist, the popular online listings service, has waged a long fight against scammers, but a new academic study suggests it's been losing the battle.
The study focussed on listings for housing rentals, and found that Craigslist failed to remove a majority of those that were fraudulent.
The researchers analyzed two million ads over a five-month period in 2014 and determined that Craigslist had flagged and removed fewer than half the listings that likely weren't genuine.