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Detecting advance fee fraud emails using self-referential pronouns: a preliminary analysis

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Detecting advance fee fraud emails using self-referential pronouns: a preliminary analysis. / Alli, Rofiat; Nicolaides, Rebecca; Craig, Russell.

In: Accounting Forum, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.03.2018, p. 78-85.

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Alli, Rofiat ; Nicolaides, Rebecca ; Craig, Russell. / Detecting advance fee fraud emails using self-referential pronouns: a preliminary analysis. In: Accounting Forum. 2018 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 78-85.

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