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CFO Jimmy Patronis: “Be Scam Smart” Workshops Available to Seniors in Your Area


For Immediate Release: Friday, March 8, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842,

CFO Jimmy Patronis: “Be Scam Smart” Workshops Available to Seniors in Your Area

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.— As a part of his Fraud Free Florida initiative, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis encourages Florida’s seniors to register for his “Be Scam Smart” workshops aimed at empowering and protecting them from fraud and scams. To date, CFO Patronis’ consumer advocacy team has hosted over 200 “Be Scam Smart” workshops throughout the state, which reached more than 84,400 seniors.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Reports estimate that seniors lose $36.5 billion every year to financial abuse. Unfortunately, scammers are always finding new and creative ways to steal your money. With Florida’s senior population at more than 20 percent, we must empower and protect this community. Whether it’s a phishing or a charitable donation scheme, one of the best ways to safeguard your finances is with education to help you recognize fraud before you are scammed.”
Register today for an upcoming “Be Scam Smart” workshop, and click here to request a workshop in your area.
This week’s workshops include:
Wednesday, March 13 – Lake Worth
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Lakeside United Methodist Church
1901 12th Avenue S.
Lake Worth, FL 33461
REGISTER HERE- While preferred, registration is not required. 
Thursday, March 14 – Vero Beach
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gifford Youth Achievement Center
4875 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967
REGISTER HERE- While preferred, registration is not required.
Visit to report fraud and learn about ways to protect yourself from scams.

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official 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).