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CFO Jeff Atwater Recognizes Consumer Awareness Week with New Educational Resources for Consumers

4/12/2013

Contact: Anna Alexopoulos
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today is urging Florida consumers to take advantage of new financial education resources in his online OnDemand Library in honor of Consumer Awareness Week, which begins Sunday and continues through April 20.

The library, available on the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Consumer Services’ web page, offers short educational videos to give consumers the opportunity to educate themselves on a variety of insurance and financial topics. A new business identity theft video will help small business owners avoid becoming victims of this growing fraud.
“In the fast pace of running a business, it is easy for owners to overlook procedures that could protect them from becoming a victim of business identity theft,” CFO Atwater said. “The damage from this crime can be devastating. During Consumer Awareness Week, I renew my promise to provide individuals and businesses in Florida with resources to arm themselves with solid financial information to combat fraud and protect their hard earned dollars.”

The OnDemand Library includes presentations on insurance and financial topics such as homeowners insurance, annuities, credit scoring, reverse mortgages and more. In addition to business identity theft, presentations about unclaimed property and workers’ compensation have been added to the library as part of Consumer Awareness Week.

The On Demand Library is just one of many resources the department offers. Other resources include the Your Money Matters website that provides financial education to all Floridians with online resources, financial calculators and interactive games to increase financial knowledge. On Guard for Seniors focuses on insurance and financial issues specifically for seniors, and Financial Frontlines provides resources for the unique financial needs of military servicemembers to help them fight back against fraud and debt.

For additional assistance, contact the Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO or 1-877-693-5236.
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 spending.