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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces New Series of Operation S.A.F.E. Workshops to Protect Florida’s Seniors from Financial Fraud

7/23/2013

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced a new series of Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshops to help protect seniors from financial fraud. The workshop series, called Be Scam Smart, is scheduled for the month of August in Pensacola, Chipley, Orlando, Brandon, Viera, Jacksonville and Starke, with additional workshops scheduled for the month of October.
 
“Seniors have worked all of their lives to save and build a nest egg for their families, and I want to make sure their finances are protected from anyone who might target them,” CFO Atwater said. “These workshops will offer seniors access to resources and information that will help them safeguard their finances.”
 
Operation S.A.F.E. helps protect seniors by educating them about scams such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how these scams work. The initiative was launched in May with workshops in Cape Coral, Venice, Delray Beach, Clearwater, the Villages and Miami. Operation S.A.F.E. is part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative, which educates seniors on specific financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance. 
 
The Operation S.A.F.E. workshops are provided by the Department of Financial Services, which CFO Atwater oversees, along with the Office of Financial Regulation, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.  
To see a calendar of workshops, register for a workshop, or share a flyer with friends and family, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SAFE or call the CFO’s Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (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 state spending.