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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Operation S.A.F.E. Financial Workshops in South Florida

6/16/2014

Contact:  Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the Department of Financial Services, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is hosting free financial safety workshops this week for seniors, their families and caregivers. Called ‘Be Scam Smart,’ these workshops will teach attendees about how to spot a scam, how scams work and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
 
The workshops are part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative that he launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance. Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) 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.
 
To register for a workshop, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Safe or contact the Division of Consumer Services toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Walk-ups are also welcome.
 
Dates, times and locations include following:
 
Tuesday, June 17
Tamarac, Florida
Tamarac Community Center
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
8601 W. Commercial Boulevard
Tamarac, FL 33351
 
Thursday, June 19
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Port St. Lucie Community Center
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2195 W.E. Arioso Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
 
Friday, June 20
Sebastian, Florida
N. Indian River County Library
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
1001 Sebastian Boulevard
Sebastian, FL 32958
 
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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.