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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Free Financial Protection Workshops in Panhandle


For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is hosting free financial safety workshops this week in the Panhandle 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 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 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:

Wednesday, June 22
Chipley, Florida
Washington County Council on Aging
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST
1348 S. Boulevard
Chipley, FL 32428
Register Directions Flyer

Thursday, June 23
Pensacola, Florida
Bayview Senior Citizens Center
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST
2000 E. Lloyd Street
Pensacola, FL 32503
Register Directions Flyer

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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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).