Attorney General’s Office To Provide Summer Webcast Series

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today opened registration for a Summer Webcast Series of trainings on internet safety, dating violence prevention, common scams, identity theft and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

“After the enormous success of the Winter Webcast Series, I am excited to offer these beneficial trainings again,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Using web-based technology, my office can reach more Arkansans and offer important materials on internet safety, scams, ID theft, preventing dating violence and navigating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.”

A FOIA webcast covering public records and meetings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 20.

A training to prevent being a victim of ID theft, which occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes, will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12.

From 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, participants can learn about common scams, such as the Favorite Grandchild Scam, IRS Scam, Credit Call Robocalls, Work-from-Home Scam, Door-to-Door Scam and many more. Scam artists are always finding new ways to trick consumers out of their hard earned money. This webcast will highlight some of the more common scams, offer ways to spot the scam and what to do if you have been scammed.

The internet safety training, or Digital You, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and education for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Rutledge adopted the curriculum last year.

And on Wednesday, Aug. 9, a Break the Cycle training will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive dating abuse programs. Participants will learn about dating abuse, methods for intervention and how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session. Rutledge partnered with Break the Cycle last year to hold regional trainings across the State.

The online trainings are free and open to the public. Registration for each one can be found atArkansasAG.gov.

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