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Jacobs partners with BBB of Upstate New York, AT&T to host free senior scam prevention cyber security seminar

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Mon, Apr 30th 2018 11:10 am
Sen. Chris Jacobs addresses his constituents.
Sen. Chris Jacobs addresses his constituents.
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs partnered with AT&T and Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York to host a free senior scam prevention and cyber security seminar on Friday at the Grand Island Golden Age Center. The event was free and open to the public. It was part of a series of senior events held statewide. More than 75 senior citizens attended the event.
At the seminar, representatives from Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and AT&T joined Jacobs to give 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. Also discussed: tips on how to avoid both prominent and lesser-known scams, what to do if seniors fall victim to a scam or digital deception, and how to protect themselves online.
"We know older adults are targeted by scammers, and many are aware of the phone calls, mail or email that's out there," said Warren Clark, president, BBB of Upstate New York. "It's always a good idea to take the time to have those conversations with loved ones of any age about the scams that are out there. Scammers can be one step ahead, so it's important to be 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 Benjamin Roberts, director, public affairs, AT&T. "AT&T is committed to collaborating with civic leaders such as Sen. Jacobs and organizations like 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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