We are delighted to announce that WCC’s Business and Public Service Technology Division and WCC Workplace Connections are hosting a FREE community event entitled “Don’t Get Scammed.”

Last year, scammers managed to steal over $3.4 billion from elderly Americans, according to a report by the FBI, cited in an article published by AP News on April 30, 2024, (https://bit.ly/3Xm4chU). This alarming figure reflects a growing trend of criminals using increasingly sophisticated tactics to deceive vulnerable individuals into relinquishing their life savings.

According to the FBI’s findings, scam-related losses reported by Americans aged 60 and above increased by 11% compared to the previous year. Investigators have cautioned about the emergence of daring schemes aimed at depleting victims’ bank accounts, including tactics such as dispatching couriers to collect cash or gold in person.

If you’re concerned about how safe your identity and financial information are when you’re using the internet, then make plans to join us on July 19, 2024, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.at the Wilkes Senior Center, 228 Fairplains School Road, North Wilkesboro, NC. This event is tailored to individuals aged 55 and above, aiming to provide valuable insights on safely navigating the internet to protect their identity and financial information. For more information about this event, contact WCC Director of Community Engagement, Naomi Bivins at 336-838-6261 or ndbivins224@wilkescc.edu.