CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's partnership with community colleges will bring senior citizens in the Eastern Panhandle to Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to promote cybersecurity awareness among senior citizens.

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s partnership with community colleges will bring senior citizens in the Eastern Panhandle to Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to promote cybersecurity awareness among senior citizens.
The collaboration connects college students with local senior citizens in an effort to share computer safety and literacy information. The tips include password protection, spotting scam emails and a variety of cybersecurity precautions.
“We live in a society where virtually everyone utilizes some type of technology in order to research, socialize and even pay bills,” Morrisey said. “Unfortunately, senior citizens are often targeted by scammers due to their unfamiliarity with computers.  By connecting our state’s senior population with young adults, we hope to decrease the ever growing number of individuals who fall victim to scams each year.”
The Attorney General’s Office coordinates each event and accompanies the community college students, who use their expertise to share information with attendees.
“Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is thrilled to join forces with the Attorney General’s office to provide a much needed program for our senior citizens”, said Dr. Chuck Terrell, president of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  “By working together, we are able to bring necessary information regarding computer usage and security to our local senior citizens who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.”
Wednesday’s event will begin at 1 p.m. at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, 316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield.
The senior citizen cybersecurity initiative involves the Attorney General’s Office, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Mount Gay.
The Attorney General’s Office hopes to expand the program to other parts of the state.
The collaboration is a direct result of the Attorney General’s regional senior protection advisory councils. It represents just one initiative through which the Attorney General has sought to combat issues that impact senior citizens.
The Attorney General’s Office established an elder abuse litigation and prevention unit that boasts a dedicated team of seasoned civil prosecutors to hold accountable anyone who intentionally causes harm to senior citizens.
Senior citizens in need of the unit’s expertise should contact the Attorney General’s senior services and elder abuse hotline at 304-558-1155 or HelpForSeniors@wvago.gov.
The hotline is open for senior citizens and their loved ones. Those preferring traditional mail can reach the office at P.O. Box 1789, Charleston, WV 25326.
 
The unit’s scam alert database is also key in raising awareness of potential scams. Senior citizens and their loved ones can subscribe to the email alerts at http://bit.ly/SeniorScamAlert.