Upcoming seminars

Please note that this list may not be complete as we only add upcoming seminars once we have sufficient details from the presenter.

Week 16

Thursday 18th February 2021

1:00-2:00pm

Online: join mailing list or contact organisers to receive link

TBD

Saira Fitzgerald

Visiting researcher at CASS

  • Abstract
TBD

Week 17

Thursday 25th February 2021

1:00-2:00pm

Online: join mailing list or contact organisers to receive link

Dismantling Online Dating Fraud

Matthew Edwards

University of Bristol

  • Abstract

Online romance scams are a prevalent form of mass-marketing fraud in the West. In this type of scam, fraudsters craft fake profiles and manually interact with their victims. Due to the characteristics of this type of fraud, and the peculiarities of how dating sites operate, traditional detection methods (e.g., those used in spam filtering) are ineffective.

This talk will report on our investigation into the archetype of online dating profiles used in this form of fraud, including their use of demographics, profile descriptions, and images, shedding light on both the strategies deployed by scammers to appeal to victims and the implicit traits of victims themselves. Our work is presented in the context of building and evaluating a machine-learning classifier for detecting spam profiles, and elaborates on our findings from investigating areas of under-performance.

joint talk with the SCC DSG group