Seniors learn ways to keep their information safe online

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Area seniors are learning about how to keep their information safe when online.

AT&T, the Better Business Bureau and the Oasis Institute teaming up to host a free seminar. Participants got the chance to learn about the types of scams making the rounds and how to avoid becoming victims.

Organizers talked about why older people are targeted.

“Seniors tend to be more trusting. They grew up in an age where a handshake and someone’s word meant something,” said Kevin Hanna, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T. “Also, seniors can be isolated or lonely, so they want to make friends, they want to have small chat, but sometimes that can get them into trouble.”

A recent survey found that 95 percent of older Americans have fallen victim to some sort of online scam.

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