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Connections: How to recognize and avoid online scams

Sep 23, 2021

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