Attorney General’s Office to Host Winter Webcast Series
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today opened registration for a Winter Webcast Series of trainings on internet safety, dating violence prevention, common scams, identity theft and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“Technology offers unique ways to connect and ensure that more and more Arkansans have access to information to protect themselves,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These trainings will offer valuable material to help individuals navigate the internet safely and avoid common scams and ID theft, as well as teach participants about preventing dating violence and how to apply the Freedom of Information Act.”
The internet safety training, or Digital You, will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 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.
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, a Break the Cycle training will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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.
From 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 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 try to trick consumers out of their hard earned money, and senior citizens are often scam targets. This webcast will highlight some of the popular scams that target seniors, offer ways to spot the scam and what to do if you have been scammed.
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, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name, will be offered on from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
And a FOIA webcast covering public records and meetings will be available from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The online trainings are free and open to the public. Registration for each one can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves on the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.