Study: Craigslist flags less than 50% of scam rental listings
- Mike Moffitt for SF Gate March 2nd, 2016
- Source: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Study-Craigslist-flags-less-than-50-of-scam-6866179.php
A new study finds that Craigslist catches only about half of the scam rental listings posted on its pages. Moreover, many of these phishing expeditions listings can hang around for up to 20 hours, allowing plenty of time to hook less savvy renters.
Craigslist scams are nothing new, but the study by New York University Tandon School of Engineering researchers was the first systematic, empirical examination of fraudulent postings. More than 2 million rental listings on the site were analyzed over a five-month period.