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Gridley, J and Seneviratne, O (2023)

Significant Digits: Using Large-Scale Blockchain Data to Predict Fraudulent Addresses

Preprint arXiv:2301.01809 [cs.CR]; last accessed February 6, 2023.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.48550/ARXIV.2301.01809

Abstract: Blockchain systems and cryptocurrencies have exploded in popularity over the past decade, and with this growing user base, the number of cryptocurrency scams has also surged. Given the graphical structure of blockchain networks and the abundance of data generated on these networks, we use graph mining techniques to extract essential information on transactions and apply Benford's Law to extract distributional information on address transactions. We then apply a gradient-boosting tree model to predict fraudulent addresses. Our results show that our method can detect scams with reasonable accuracy and that the features generated based on Benford's Law are the most significant features.

@misc{, doi = {10.48550/ARXIV.2301.01809}, url = {}, author = {Gridley, Jared and Seneviratne, Oshani}, title = {Significant Digits: Using Large-Scale Blockchain Data to Predict Fraudulent Addresses}, publisher = {arXiv}, year = {2023}, copyright = {Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International}, }

Reference Type: Preprint

Subject Area(s): Accounting, Computer Science