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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces 2014 Series of Be Scam Smart Workshops for Seniors to Kick Off in Santa Rosa County with Representative Doug Broxson


Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jeff Atwater today announced the 2014 Series of Be Scam Smart Workshops for Seniors will kick off in Santa Rosa County with Representative Doug Broxson. The workshops, which are being held statewide as part of the CFO’s Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) initiative, provide information to seniors, their family and caregivers to help inform, empower, and protect them from financial scams and fraud.
“These workshops are a great opportunity for seniors to learn how to protect themselves from frauds and scams,” said CFO Atwater. “We want to empower seniors, their families and caregivers to fight frauds and scams by knowing what to look for and how to fight back.”
The workshops will be held Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium, at 4530 Spikes Way in Milton and on Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m. at Warriors Hall, at 201 Stillwell Boulevard in Crestview, Florida.
The Be Scam Smart Workshops will teach seniors what to look for if a scam is suspected, as well as how the scams work and what steps to take if scammed. Operation S.A.F.E. is part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative, which arms seniors with the necessary information to avoid becoming victims of these crimes that can have far-reaching impacts on lives.
"While we want to believe the best in people, we do have some bad actors that prey on the elderly, but Operation S.A.F.E. can provide our seniors with information they need to stay protected.
I would encourage our seniors, as well as their family and caregivers to attend this important event” stated Representative Doug Broxson (R-Midway).
The Operation S.A.F.E. workshops are being provided by the Department of Financial Services, which CFO Atwater oversees, along with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Milton Police Department, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Crestview Police Department.
To see a calendar of workshops, register for a workshop, or share a flyer with friends and family, visit or call the CFO’s Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
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 state spending.