No it's not your boss! What to do when you get a text scam

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Ok, imagine this - you're at your desk and you hear your phone ding.

It's a text message - from your boss. She's asking you to pick up a few gift cards for an event coming up. You're new to the company - so you don't have her number - but this seems important so you respond.

But it turns out, it's not your boss - in fact it's likely someone you don't even know. This is called "smishing," or SMS phishing, and over the last year it's become more and more common.

One of our producers got a text like this earlier this month - and she's not alone. According to Attorney General Maura Healey's office, they've seen an increase in complaints about scam texts recently.

Stuart Madnick, professor and founding director of "Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan", a cybersecurity association at the MIT Sloan School of Management, joins us to talk more about texting scams and how to identify them.

We reached out to Attorney General Maura Healey's office, and they suggested flagging the spam text through the messaging service you use and reporting it to the Federal Trade Commission at

This segment aired on March 1, 2022.

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