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CFO Jeff Atwater Partners with Local Law Enforcement to Host Free Fraud Prevention Workshops for Seniors

10/6/2014

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services is partnering with the Miami and Hialeah Police Departments and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to host free financial workshops for seniors, their families and their caregivers. These workshops, called Operation S.A.F.E (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Be Scam Smart workshops, will teach attendees how to spot a financial scam, how scams work and steps attendees can take to protect themselves.
 
“We want to provide Floridians the education they need to make wise financial decisions and to protect themselves from scams,” said CFO Atwater. “We are grateful to have law enforcement partners help us bring this important information to Florida’s senior and Spanish-speaking residents.”
 
The workshops are a part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative, which he launched to educate seniors on specific financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance.  Operation S.A.F.E. Be Scam Smart workshops focus on frauds and scams, such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how these scams work on the psyche.

As part of CFO Atwater’s recently-launched Hispanic financial literacy initiative, Family Foundations: Building a Strong Financial Future, two of this week’s workshops will be presented in Spanish. Additional Spanish workshops will be added in 2015. For more information on Family Foundations, visit http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ymm/FamilyFoundations.
 
Workshop Dates and Locations

Tuesday, October 7th - Miami
Presented in Spanish
Little Havana Nutrition Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
700 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33130

Wednesday, October 8th - Hialeah
Presented in Spanish
Goodlet Park Senior Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
900 W. 44th Place
Hialeah, Florida 33012

Thursday, October 9th - Lauderhill
Sadkin Community Center
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1176 NW 42nd Way
Lauderhill, Florida 33313
 
To register or for details on future workshops, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SAFE or contact the Division of Consumer Services toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Registration is not required but encouraged.
 
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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 spending.