CFO Jeff Atwater Partners with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to Offer Free ‘Be Scam Smart’ Workshop for Seniors
Contact: Chris Cate
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is partnering with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to offer a Be Scam Smart Workshop for seniors as part of his Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) initiative. The free workshop will be held Thursday, August 1, at 10:00 a.m. at the Bayview Senior Center, at 2000 East Lloyd Street in Pensacola. This workshop is the first of seven Be Scam Smart workshops being held throughout Florida in August.
“Unfortunately, statistics indicate that one out of every five adults age 65 and older has been the victim of a financial scam,” CFO Atwater said. “We want to empower seniors, their families and caregivers to fight frauds and scams by knowing what to look for and how to fight back.”
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 Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the August 1 workshop by discussing local scams affecting seniors such as the grandparent scam, telemarketing scams and contractor fraud.
“Incidents of fraud are on the rise throughout our community and nation,” said Sheriff David Morgan. “What is especially concerning is the prevalence of those crimes that viciously prey upon those who are retired and living on fixed incomes. Education, good judgment and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim.”
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.