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CFO Jeff Atwater Launches Operation S.A.F.E for Seniors with Be Scam Smart Workshop in Cape Coral

5/7/2013

Contact:  Anna Alexopoulos
(850) 413-2842    
                         
TALLAHASSEE- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services, in partnership with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, is holding a free workshop for seniors, their families and their caregivers.  Called Be Scam Smart, the workshop will teach attendees how to spot a scam, how scams work, and steps they can take to protect themselves.
 
The Be Scam Smart workshop will be held at the Cape Coral City Council Chambers in Cape Coral on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 
The workshops are part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative that he launched last year to educate seniors on specific financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance.  Operation S.A.F.E. will focus on frauds and scams, such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how these scams work on the psyche to convince seniors to take a chance on something that is too good to be true.
 
Registration can be made online at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Safe or by contacting the Division of Consumer Services toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Registration will also be open one hour prior to the workshop.
 
WHAT:          Be Scam Smart
WHEN:          May 8, 2013
                        10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:       Cape Coral City Council Chambers
                        1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
                        Cape Coral, FL 33990
 
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in state spending.