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Relying on a large amount of clicks, click spam distribution is almost flat:
Ways to Spot Click Spamming:
Luckily for Advertisers - Click Spamming is probably the easiest method of fraud to catch.
As Fraudsters rely on blasting users with click triggers, relying on one of these clicks being the last before an app install - any marketer, powered with excel and a pair of eyes can spot click spam.
Here is an example of normal distribution click to install time:
How To Eliminate Click Spam Fraud
(And reduce a lot of media waste)
Click Spamming is probably (and unfortunately) the easiest way to commit attribution fraud.
Over $1.6bn is wasted on Fraud, based on Appsflyer “State of Mobile Ad Fraud” and making it a lucrative business for fraudsters. Cannibalizing rather than creating incrementality.
Mobile app marketing requires marketers to use 3rd party tracking platforms to track the performance of their campaigns. Mobile tracking platforms attribute installs to the vendor generating the last click in what is called: “Last click attribution”.
Fraudsters learned that if they could spam these services with clicks - they would “win” an attribution match if the user goes and installs the app for which clicks were being generated.
How Do They Do It ?
The most common way for click spamming is using a demand side platform (DSP), buying inventory for cents, while calling an attribution service click URL for each impression bought.
This method is such cunning that it allows fraudsters to provide Advertisers with reports showing that traffic has been acquired, sometimes using known publishers, to make the reports seem legitimate.
The caveat of click spamming is that it depends on the user actually downloading the specific app the fraudster is spamming clicks for. Fraudsters are too malicious to take a risk. If you’re a fraudster - you would think: why trigger a click for one app, when I can trigger clicks for dozens of apps at the same time ?
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