Scam awareness calendar 2018

Why keeping up with scam spikes is important

Every year our trust and safety team witness periods of increased scams and we see specific types of scams increase and decline over time. This is usually triggered by specific holidays, festivals, events or other happenings.

As a content moderator, you need to be aware of these scam spikes, where and when they’re happening and what to look for. That way you can prepare and protect your users better.

We have summarized some of the most scam-sensitive dates throughout 2018 in our scam awareness calendar below.

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2018 Scam Awareness Calendar

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January

1st – 20th, Back to School scams

Keep your eyes open for new users posting flats/flatshares, pricing, circumvention terms, email names and stock photos. This also happens when the schools start in September.

 

Read more: How to automatically reduce student accommodation scams.

February

14th, Valentine’s Day

Beware of ‘too good gifts’, detective or clairvoyance services, emails and romance scams.

 

Read More: 4 ways to keep users safe online this Valentine’s day 

 

16th, Chinese New Year – the year of the dog

Look out for ‘red envelope scams’ and calls for charity donations.

 

7th – 25th, Olympic Games in PyeongChang 2018

Keep an eye out for; circumvention terms in ads, a large number of available tickets, low prices, and miscategorized tickets.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams.

 

Metallica Tour, entire February

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

March

1st – 9th, Samsung Galaxy S9 expected launch in March

Be on the lookout for cheap prices compared to market price, phrases such as ‘item is new or as good as new’ or ‘brand new in box’, and deceiving phrases used in the description.

 

Read More: Scam alert: Samsung Galaxy S9 release

 

30th – April 2nd, Easter holiday

Be on the lookout for fraudulent holiday rental ads and ‘too good offers’, as weekenders look for last minute deals.

 

Read More: It’s that time of the year again, the peak season for vacation rental scams

 

Metallica Tour, entire March

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

April

Metallica Tour, entire April

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

May

1st – 11th, Metallica Tour

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

 

16th – June 15th, Ramadan

During Ramadan dating sites and classifieds should be extra cautious of; fake charities, commercial spam offerings, spam campaigns with fake promises and travel scams.

June

1st – June 15th, Ramadan

During Ramadan dating sites and classifieds should be extra cautious of; fake charities, commercial spam offerings, spam campaigns with fake promises and travel scams.

 

14th – July 15, 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Here’s what you should look out for; circumvention terms in ads, a large number of available tickets, low prices and miscategorized tickets to name a few.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

 

Shakira Tour, entire June

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

July

1st – 15th, 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Here’s what you should look out for; circumvention terms in ads, a large number of available tickets, low prices and miscategorized tickets to name a few.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

 

Shakira Tour, entire July

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

August

19th – 24th, Hajj in Mecca

Be cautious of fake charities, commercial spam offerings, spam campaigns with fake promises and travel scams.

 

22nd, Sacrifice Feast (Eid al-Adha)

Dating sites and classifieds should be extra cautious of; fake charities, commercial spam offerings, spam campaigns with fake promises and travel scams

 

Shakira Tour, entire August

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

September

1st 6th, Shakira Tour

Most tickets are already sold out. Second-hand tickets will be sold online and scammers will try to utilize this. Beware of ticket sales for other large artists and bands.

 

Read more: The summer of big events and big ticket scams. 

 

1st – 20th, Back to School scams

Keep your eyes open for new users posting flats/flatshares, pricing, circumvention terms, email names and stock photos. This also happens when the schools start in January.

 

Read more: How to automatically reduce student accommodation scams.

October

31st, Halloween

Beware of fake profiles, charity donation requests, and ‘too good deals’.

November

22nd, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day means shopping frenzy for a lot of people and it’s important for classifieds and online marketplaces to find ‘too good deals’ and remove the scammers.

 

Read more: Holiday shopping moderation guide or Online marketplace owners’ checklist for holiday shopping.

 

23rd, Black Friday

This day is a day filled with shopping. Look out for too low prices, circumvention, stock photos, and phrases.

 

Read more: Holiday shopping moderation guide or Online marketplace owners’ checklist for holiday shopping.

 

26th, Cyber Monday

Beware of too low prices, circumvention, stock photos, and phrases. 

 

Read more: Holiday shopping moderation guide or Online marketplace owners’ checklist for holiday shopping.

December

2nd -10th, Hanukkah

Look out for; puppies for sale, too good deals, e-cards and romance scams.

 

Read more: Holiday shopping moderation guide or Online marketplace owners’ checklist for holiday shopping.

 

20th – 26th, Christmas Weekend

Keep an eye out for; Santa’s letter scams, puppies for sale, too good deals, e-cards and romance scams. Check out the holiday shopping moderation guide.

 

Read more: 3 tips to safely manage the holiday season scam spike.

 

31st, New Years Eve

Beware of gift resale of high-risk items and phrases such as duplicated gift and unwanted gift.

How do we research scam trends?

Our trust and safety team is the backbone of our fraud prevention services.

Scammers continuously evolve their tactics and without a keen focus on scam trend research, it is almost impossible to keep up. We started our fraud prevention department in 2004 as it became clear to us that keeping users safe is key to marketplace success.

50% of people who see a scam are unlikely to return to the site they saw it on. That is why we put a lot of effort into predicting new scam targets and to preempt the damage by giving our agents, clients and readers tools and knowledge to spot new scams before they reach end users.

Learn more about our fraud prevention services