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**CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of My Safe Florida Home Program Imposters

6/21/2024
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 21, 2024
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

**CONSUMER ALERT**
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of
My Safe Florida Home Program Imposters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is warning Floridians to be weary of misleading solicitations and flyers claiming to be associated with the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program and promoting “free roofs and windows”. Before conducting any business with a contractor, homeowners should verify their credentials and understand the MSFH grant process to avoid falling victim to fraud.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “The My Safe Florida Home Program has been very successful, helping thousands of Floridians harden their homes against storms while lowering insurance premiums. It’s important however, that Floridians are aware of misleading sales practices from unscrupulous contractors and vendors claiming to be associated with the program and willing to give out “free” roofs and windows. We’ve heard instances where bad actors claimed to sign homeowners up for the program only to find out that they weren’t eligible or approved for a grant and were on the hook for the full cost of the repairs. I am proud of this program, and I will not stand by as these imposters attempt to take advantage of people. I warn all Floridians to not be fooled by these bogus advertisements and if you or a loved one are looking for the benefits that the program offers, ensure you are working with the real deal by visiting MySafeFLHome.com.”

Five Tips to Avoid My Safe Florida Home Fraud

  1. Verify Credentials: Always verify the credentials of any contractor or inspector claiming to be affiliated with the My Safe Florida Home program. Check for official identification and cross-check with program administrators if necessary.
  2. Research Contractors: Before hiring any contractor, research their reputation and history. Look for reviews, ask for references, and ensure they are licensed and insured.
  3. Get Written Estimates: Obtain written estimates from multiple contractors before making a decision. Compare these estimates carefully, including the scope of work, materials used, and total cost.
  4. Understand the Process: Educate yourself about the inspection and improvement process under the program. Knowing what to expect can help you spot discrepancies or irregularities.
  5. Report Suspicious Activity: If you suspect any fraudulent activity or encounter suspicious behavior, report it immediately to the My Safe Florida Home program administrators or relevant authorities. Prompt reporting can prevent others from falling victim to scams.

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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 X (@FLDFS).

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