The Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has brought great changes to our economy and our way of life. One thing that hasn’t changed during this pandemic is the fact that scammers and fraudsters are still trying to trick us into giving them our money or our personal information. The new twist on current scams is that they are playing into emotions tied to the COVID-19 crisis. This presentation will provide attendees with information on COVID-19 scams, including treatment scams promising fake cures, supply scams offering to sell medical supplies, provider scams seeking payments for treating family members who were not treated, charity scams asking for donations, price gouging scams and more.
Behind the Smoke: Vaping is No Joke
Despite warnings from the medical community, school policies, and state and federal laws aimed at stopping youth from vaping, the usage of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students continues to rise. This program provides eye-opening facts about e-cigarettes, and warns parents about the dangers of vaping and best practices to prevent and stop vaping use.
A program that aims to change the way middle and high school students think about bullying, cyberbullying and digital citizenship. No longer a push on the playground or a whisper in the hall, bullying has been transformed by the internet and now includes texting, social media, and gaming. This presentation focuses on helping students stay safe and smart while online.
Digital Citizenship is a program for grades 8-12 that explains what is expected of you while online and appropriate use of social media. We explore the consequences of improper use of the internet, dangers online, cyberbullying and your “digital footprint.” We all need to be good digital citizens as part of our cyber community.
Opioids: What You Need to Know
Pennsylvania continues to fight a public health and public safety battle against the heroin and opioid epidemic. Although the recent Pandemic shifted focus away from the Opioid Crisis, we lost over 5,100 Pennsylvanians in 2020 from heroin and opioid overdoses – that’s 14 Pennsylvanians every day! This presentation will discuss what Opiates are, why citizens are at risk, proper storage and disposal of Opioids, and explaining what Narcan is. This presentation also discusses what the Commonwealth is doing regarding the Opioid crisis.
Social Media 101: Parents/Teachers
This presentation gives parents and teachers a foundational education on understanding the social media sites that children use and how to keep them safe while using them. Parents and teachers will learn how to navigate and learn how to enable the security features on the “apps,” along with recognizing the importance of knowing their child’s passwords. Monitoring children’s behavior and interactions on the internet is very critical in today’s world. Children are being targeted by online predators and cyber bullying at an alarming rate.
Identity Theft: What Every Consumer Should Know About
This program educates consumers on some “Dos & Don’ts” of ID theft. Each year, more than 10 million Americans have their personal information — including name, social security number, bank account, or credit card number — stolen. This presentation is designed to raise awareness of identity theft tactics, steps to take to protect your identity and personal information, and information on reporting identity theft.
Senior Scams Prevention
The Senior Scam Prevention educates older Pennsylvanians and their families throughout the Commonwealth on crime prevention. Our goal is to make Pennsylvania’s older population aware of the threat of fraud to the elder community, teach them how to avoid being victimized; and to make sure they know who they should call when they are concerned about their safety and well-being.
Combatting Veteran Fraud and Identity Theft
Pennsylvanians have a proud history of military service. Today, over 320,000 U.S. veterans call Pennsylvania home, and there are over 2,200 organizations that serve veterans all across our Commonwealth. Scammers and identity thieves target veterans because of the additional government benefits they receive. They often appeal to vets’ patriotism or exploit elements of a military lifestyle to steal their hard-earned benefits. This presentation identifies the top 10 scams targeting veterans and provides information on how to protect yourself and your family from being victimized by them.
As more and more Americans turn to dating websites and applications to find romance, scammers and identity thieves have increasingly turned their eyes to these platforms as a way to find new victims. The scammer creates a fake profile and works quickly to gain their target’s affection and trust. Once they do this, they use this false relationship to steal funds, information or both from their victim. This presentation explains how this scam works, identifies tactics the scammers use and provides information on how to protect yourself from being victimized by a sweetheart swindle, a/k/a romance scam.