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Connections: How to recognize and avoid online scams


Facebook Marketplace has become one of the most popular places to buy and sell just about any item or service. But, as ProPublica reports, it has become almost too large to regulate. As a result, a growing number of scams are putting a dark tinge on what had been a relatively simple system.

We discuss selling online -- whether it's through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or otherwise -- and how to recognize and avoid scams. Our guests:

  • Craig Silverman, reporter at ProPublica
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • John Nicholas, professor of computer information systems in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science at the University of Akron
  • Amy Edwards, avid online seller
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.