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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Free Financial Protection Workshops in Jacksonville

6/27/2016

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 Jacksonville 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 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 28 – Jacksonville
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Charlie Joseph Senior Center
6943 Buffalo Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Register Directions Flyer
 
Wednesday, June 29 – Jacksonville
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leroy Clemmons Senior Center
55 Jackson Avenue North
Jacksonville, FL 32220
Register Directions Flyer 

Thursday, June 30 – Jacksonville
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hammond Senior Center
3312 W. 12th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32254
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).