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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Free Financial Protection Workshops in Miami-Dade County


September 9, 2016
Contact:  Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Free Financial Protection Workshops in Miami-Dade County
TALLAHASSEE- In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services, in partnership with the Preferred Care Partners Medical Group, will host free financial safety workshops for seniors next week in Miami-Dade County. These workshops, taught in Spanish, will teach seniors and their family members how to spot a scam, how scams work and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
Known as ‘Be Scam Smart’ workshops, these events are hosted statewide as part of CFO Atwater’s Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) initiative, which focuses on financial frauds and scams, such as IRS, fake lottery and romance scams. Scams that target seniors prey on this generation’s good nature and convince them to take a chance on something that is too good to be true.
For more information, to register or request a workshop, please visit or call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Check the site often for newly-added workshops. 
WHAT:           Be Scam Smart Workshops
WHEN:           Wednesday, September 14
                     12:00pm – 1:00 pm EST
Preferred Care Partners Medical Group
                        2974 SW 8th Street
                        Miami, FL 33135
                       Thursday, September 15
                        9:00am – 10:00am EST
Preferred Care Partners Medical Group
                        415 W. 49th Street
                        Hialeah, FL 33012
The Department provides several financial literacy resources to ensure Floridians are financially prepared. The Department’s Family Foundations program provides Hispanic Floridians and their families with essential financial information to build a solid foundation. The program is available in English and Spanish.
For more information on the financial educational tools, please visit Your Money Matter$ at and Family Foundations at

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).