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Workshops to protect Florida's seniors from financial fraud

2:59 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced a new series of Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshops called Be Scam Smart.

The workshop series is scheduled for the month of August in Pensacola, Chipley, Orlando, Brandon, Viera, Jacksonville and Starke, with additional workshops scheduled for the month of October.

"Seniors have worked all of their lives to save and build a nest egg for their families, and I want to make sure their finances are protected from anyone who might target them," said Atwater. "These workshops will offer seniors access to resources and information that will help them safeguard their finances."

As part of Atwater's On Guard for Seniors initiative, Operation S.A.F.E. helps protect seniors by educating them about scams, such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how they work.

The initiative educates seniors on specific financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance. It was launched in May with workshops in Cape Coral, Venice, Delray Beach, Clearwater, the Villages and Miami.

The Operation S.A.F.E. workshops are provided by the Department of Financial Services, which Atwater oversees, along with the Office of Financial Regulation, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the Bradford County Sheriff's Office.

To see a calendar of workshops, register for a workshop, or share a flyer with friends and family, visit or call CFO's Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).

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