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U of I researcher developing game to help educate people on scamming

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There’s a phone application called Deep Cover that’s being developed in an effort to help people not fall victim to scammers online. Anita Nikolich, National Center for Supercomputing Applications affiliate and director of innovation, research and technology at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign iSchool, is working alongside Siwei Lyu, a computer science and engineering professor at the University of Buffalo, to bring light to this dark space in the internet where people lose a lot of money:

Scamming is so commonplace it has become a half-trillion-dollar problem, with the recent Nasdaq report listing global losses to fraud reaching $485.6 billion. The report calls romance scams the fastest-growing con and lists that they caused a staggering $3.8 billion in estimated global losses with other confidence schemes in 2023. Social media is everpresent, so it’s no surprise that the largest proportion of scam victims were first contacted on their social media of choice. 

You can read the entire article here, wherein author Megan Maeve Johnson goes into more detail about the populations that are most affected by scamming, what is being done to research it to try to prevent it, and more.

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