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Local bank works to protect seniors

WAY TO STAY SAFE — Among those participating in an April 10 fraud seminar were, from left, Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander; Jered Gamble, information technology manager for Hancock County Savings Bank; Christy Renforth, HCSB human resources and marketing manager; Scott Lockhart, HCSB compliance officer; Deidre Edwards, HCSB Weirton branch manager; Arden Ford, HCSB vice president of operations; Marian Edgell HCSB vice president of privacy; Catherine Ferrari, HCSB president and chief executive officer; Laura Reed, compliance specialist; Douglas Comm, HCSB executive vice president and CIO; Missy Kell, vice president of operations-privacy; Carroll Rosenlieb, HCSB senior vice president-lending; and Weirton Mayor Harold “Bubba” Miller. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — Hancock County Savings Bank hosted a free fraud and Internet scam seminar April 10 at the Weirton Senior Center.

The idea behind the event was to give seniors as much information as possible so they can protect themselves against scammers. Bank leaders say our older population is a target because they have accumulated savings and are trusting and want to help.

Bank officials discussed the various ways fraudsters target folks online through things like romance scams, e-mail fraud and click-bait scams. Unfortunately, there are still the old-fashioned phone calls where people claim a loved one is stuck out of town and needs thousands of dollars to get home safely.

Attendees were reminded to never give out personal information, especially Social Security numbers or credit card information and to call the police and bank immediately if they think they have been the victim of a scam.

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