Senior scam prevention cyber security seminar draws a crowd

NORTH COLLINS — AT&T and Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York partnered to host a free senior scam prevention and cyber security seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the North Collins Senior Citizen Club, 11065 Gowanda State Road, North Collins. The public safety education program was free and open to the public and featured more than 75 attendees.

At the educational seminar, representatives from the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and AT&T gave presentations on how to recognize and avoid targeted scams that prey specifically on seniors, and important tips on cybersecurity to help seniors protect their identities online and navigate the Internet safely. Tips were given on how to avoid both prominent and lesser-known scams, and what to do if a senior falls victim to a scam.

“We know older adults are targeted and they need to be aware of scammers who call on the phone, send mail or email, or even show up at the front door,” said Warren Clark, president, BBB of Upstate New York. “It’s always a good idea to take the time to advise your older loved ones about the scams that are out there, and to make sure they are aware of the warning signs and red flags.”

“We live in an exciting digital world, sparked by the Internet, encompassing new ways to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens — and helping them stay independent longer. As for all citizens, seniors must be aware of darker corners of the Internet that nefarious individuals exploit to take advantage of them and they need to know how to protect their digital information, shield devices and recognize dangerous scams,” said Kevin Hanna, director, External Affairs, AT&T. “AT&T is committed to collaborating with organizations like the Better Business Bureau to educate people of all ages and digital literacy levels on how to protect themselves online, while taking advantage of the vast innovative resources that are at their fingertips.”

To help the community navigate the digital world more safely, AT&T has launched Digital You and Cyber Aware, comprehensive public education programs that offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience and increase digital literacy. For more information on online safety, visit digitalyou.att.com and att.com/cyberaware.

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