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AZ AG partnership tackles online security

Posted at 9:17 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 00:17:00-04

Arizona's Attorney General makes a visit to Tucson.

Mark Brnovich came to the Northwest YMCA Wednesday to talk about being safe and secure online. 

The AG's office, Teeniors, Comcast and others are partnering up to develop a "toolkit" for law enforcement to help with cybersecurity efforts. 

The "internet essentials" program's aim will "educate seniors, parents, and children across Southern Arizona about some of the most serious challenges they may face online," according to a media release from Comcast.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and education is the key to fighting predatory online crime committed against Arizona consumers.  Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is a great example of companies working together with the community to combat online fraud, said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  “Our collective goal is to protect hardworking families in Southern Arizona and across the state from being cheated or ripped off by internet scam artists.”

The new partnership comes on the heels of a recent announcement from the Federal Trade Commission that estimated scammers extracted more than $1 billion from Americans last year alone.  More than $240 million of that total occurred either online or via email.