Identifying online scams

Kristy Roschke Scams MML

The statistics aren’t surprising because online scams impact everyone.  Whether it is a sham IRS request, a fabricated banking inquiry that does not seem to make sense, or an appeal for action of any kind based on a story that may or may not be true, online scams are a part of modern life.

A branch of the FBI, the Internet Complaint Center (IC3), tracks suspected internet crime and reported losses.  According to their 2020 Internet Crime Report, there was a staggering 70% increase in suspected internet crime between 2019 and 2020.  Reported 2020 losses from these crimes exceeded $4.2 billion.

As daily life becomes completely enmeshed with online applications, scammers are upping their game – increasing their sophistication and using evolving tools in an attempt to fool us all into believing things that are not true and sending money that we do not owe.


At 10 a.m., Monday, March 28, Kristy Roschke from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be in PebbleCreek to present on our current media environment, to show how it is evolving and to provide tips and techniques for spotting scams and verifying claims.

Roschke, who earned her Ph.D. from the Cronkite School in 2018, is an expert on media literacy.  She has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent, The Arizona Republic and locally on “ABC 15 News.” She has taught journalism and media literacy at both the high school and college level for 17 years and is currently collaborating on the development of ASU’s new online bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Literacy, the first of its kind in the United States. In addition, she serves as the managing director of News Co/Lab, a Cronkite School initiative aimed at helping people find new ways of understanding and interacting with news and information.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.


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