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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Federal Law Follows Florida's Lead, Makes it Easier to Protect Against Identity Theft and Fraud


For Immediate Release: Monday, September 24, 2018
Contact:, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Federal Law Follows Florida's Lead,  Makes it Easier to Protect Against Identity Theft and Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today released the following statement on the implementation of a new federal law removing fees associated with consumer credit freezes.
“This year, one of my top priorities was to remove the fee imposed on Floridians to freeze their credit. It was signed by Gov. Scott and is now a law in our state. Florida has led the charge on making it easier for our residents to protect themselves against identity theft and fraud. I am pleased that the federal government has followed our lead and implemented this important consumer protection nationwide.
“Florida is a top state for consumer fraud, and ranked second for identity theft reports in 2017. We know one of the best ways to protect yourself from fraud is to freeze your credit. Now consumers nationwide can contact the three major credit reporting bureaus to apply a credit freeze cost free.”

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).