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**MEDIA ADVISORY** CFO Patronis’ Office to Host Free Financial Protection Workshops in Gainesville and Starke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis today announced that the Department of Financial Services, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is hosting free financial safety workshops for seniors, their families and caregivers this week in Gainesville and Starke. These ‘Be Scam Smart’ workshops will teach attendees about how to spot a scam, how scams work and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
Workshops are hosted as part of the Department’s On Guard for Seniors initiative that was launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance. This week’s events will focus on frauds and scams, such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how these scams work on the psyche to convince seniors to take a chance on something that is too good to be true.
Dates, times and locations include:

Wednesday, August 16 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Bradford County Senior Center
Multipurpose Room
1805 North Temple Avenue
Starke, FL 32091
Thursday, August 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST
City of Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Center
Multipurpose Room
5701 NW 34th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32653
Registration is requested; walk-ins are also welcome.
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