Today, some scammers are creating false charitable groups that claim to raise money to help victims of tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy and the Boston bombings.
Goodwin ended his talk by stating, "We need to work with communities and organization like the AARP."
Complaints can be filed with the U.S. Attorney's office by calling 304-345-2200 or by visiting the website: www.justice.gov/usao/wvs.
During the event's morning session, Joyce Sellers, a vice president of Wesbanco, urged people, "Never write down your PIN number for your debit card. Never give it on phone calls. And remember, people may be watching you when you use your card to get cash."
Sellers urged people to turn their computers off when they are not being used. "Computers that are on 24/7 are dreams for someone sitting somewhere trying to hack people's computers."
Sellers also had advice for people who make purchases over the Internet.
Customers typically go to 'http' web pages. But before people enter any credit card numbers or data to pay for anything, they should make sure the site begins with "https," which indicates it is a secure web page.
Mary Charles, a security official with City National Bank, pointed out, "A lot of times, stealing comes from your own family."
Charles also urged online purchasers to check out the names and histories of companies from which they are making purchases. Charles said information available through Google or other search engines helps customers identify fraudulent operations.
West Virginia's AARP chapter can be reached by calling Tom Hunter at 304-340-4605 or visiting the website: www.aarp.org/wv.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.