How To Outsmart Phishers, Robocallers And Other Scammers

Have you gotten a text recently claiming to be from the Illinois Department of Transportation? Yeah, that’s a scam.

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How To Outsmart Phishers, Robocallers And Other Scammers

Have you gotten a text recently claiming to be from the Illinois Department of Transportation? Yeah, that’s a scam.

These days, scams come in all shapes and sizes. From repeated phone calls saying a warrant is out for your arrest unless you pay some unheard-of outstanding debt, to a text with a link to track a package you never ordered. Scammers are getting more sophisticated, and it’s getting harder to tell a genuine text, email or phone call from a fake one. And it’s costing Illinoisans billions of dollars a year.

Reset talks to a cyber security expert and a consumer watchdog group for tips on how Illinois residents can identify and protect themselves from phishing scams.

GUESTS: Maurice Dawson, assistant professor of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology; director at Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education

Jim Chilsen, managing communications director at Citizens Utility Board