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Griffo Partners With BBB and AT&T to Bring Free
Senior Scam Prevention Seminar to Lowville October 22

October 07, 2019   12:30 p.m.
    Press Release from Senator Griffo's Office:

    Griffo partners with Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and AT&T to
    host free senior scam prevention and online safety seminars

    UTICA, NEW YORK – New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph
    Griffo, R-I-C-Rome, is partnering with AT&T and Better Business Bureau of
    Upstate New York to host free senior scam prevention and cybersecurity
    seminars throughout his senate district.

    At the seminars, representatives from Better Business Bureau of Upstate New
    York and AT&T will speak about recognizing and avoiding scams that prey
    specifically on seniors and will offer cybersecurity tips to help seniors and others
    protect their identities online and navigate the internet safely. Tips will be given
    on how to avoid both prominent and lesser-known scams and what to do if a
    senior falls victim to a scam.

    The free public seminars will take place as follows:

  • Noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Lewis County Historical
    Society, 7552 S State St., Lowville.

  • Noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Town of Potsdam Offices, 18
    Elm St., Potsdam.

    “All too often, we see scammers target and take advantage of senior citizens in
    our communities,” Deputy Minority Leader Griffo. “By partnering with Better
    Business Bureau of Upstate New York and AT&T to host these seminars, we are
    providing seniors with useful tips and tools that will help them to recognize and
    protect against scams and stay safe when online.”

    “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,” Warren
    Clark, president of BBB of Upstate New York said. “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," Kevin Hanna, director of external affairs for AT&T
    said.  “AT&T is committed to collaborating with civic leaders such as Deputy
    Minority Leader Griffo 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

    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 and

    Better Business Bureau has an online tool called Scam Tracker to help people
    report and learn about scams in their area. All scams are vetted by BBB staff
    before posting. Scam Tracker reports are shared with the public, local law
    enforcement and other agencies for analysis and collaboration to help stop the
    most flagrant scammers. Learn more at
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