HS students learn how to protect grandparents/seniors from phone scams

on November 30, 2017
Mrs. Wright's high school class role plays phone scam scenarios in the classroom.

Students in Mrs. Wright’s class learned how to help their grandparents avoid phone scams from Assemblyman Skoufis and the Attorney General’s office.

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) partnered with Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office to host an informational session on November 28 at Monroe-Woodbury High School on phone scams and what students can do to protect their grandparents and other seniors.

“Whether it’s lending a hand or giving advice, most grandparents would do anything for their grandchildren. Unfortunately, scammers often use grandparents’ love and goodwill to take advantage of them,” said Skoufis. “By hosting this session, we can help students talk to their grandparents about suspicious phone calls and online scams.”

At the session, Skoufis discussed how students can talk to their grandparents about preventing and detecting scams as well as who to alert if they may have been targeted. The event featured Statewide Elder Abuse Coordinator Gary Brown from the state attorney general’s office.

“We must empower senior citizens with information that will help them spot a scam before they are victimized,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I’m proud to stand with Assemblyman Skoufis in our commitment to protect all New Yorkers, especially those who are at a heightened risk of being targeted by fraud. If you think you’re a victim of fraud, don’t hesitate to report it to my office at 1-800-771-7755.”

“This event has provided a great opportunity for our students to learn something new and help protect their grandparents,” said Elsie Rodriguez, Monroe-Woodbury’s Superintendent. “I want to thank Assemblyman Skoufis and the attorney general’s office for their efforts in protecting our community members from scams.”

Scammers often use social media and the internet to gain access to personal information, which can be used to impersonate young people and trick grandparents and loved ones. Students can do their part to prevent scams by using stronger privacy settings on social media and developing strong passwords. Community members are also encouraged to visit www.ag.ny.gov or call 800-771-7755 for more information or to report a scam.

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