Program to Address Fraud Prevention and Cyber Security

Linda K. Beech Ellis County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences

Linda K. Beech
Ellis County Extension Agent,
Family and Consumer Sciences

Life changes– and so do the answers to life’s questions. The Extension Community Development program committee is offering a Community Education Series on the theme “Knowledge for Life’s Concerns.” The first two programs on aging issues and real estate concerns were held in September and October.
The final session of the series focuses on “Fraud Prevention and Cyber Security” and is set for Tuesday, November 19 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Extension Meeting Room at 601 Main Street in Hays. Enter the rear door from the north parking lot.
Jeff Ridgeway from the Hays Police Department and David Kreller from Document Resources will speak on electronic privacy, identity theft protection and securing personal documents.
Senior citizens are 12 percent of the U.S. population but 35 percent of all fraud is inflicted on seniors, according to the National Council on Aging. Why? Senior citizens are most likely to have a nest egg, to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit– all of which make them attractive to con artists.
Additionally, people who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say “no” or just hang up the telephone.
Seniors and their families are especially encouraged to attend the upcoming Extension session to learn how to protect themselves from becoming targeted victims of fraud and identity theft.
This Community Education programs is free and open to the public. Please register with the Ellis County Extension Office, 785-628-9430, in order to ensure adequate materials and supplies. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the meeting if desired. Educational materials, refreshments and door prizes are provided.