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**Photo Release** CFO Jimmy Patronis Hosts Be Scam Smart Workshop in Gadsden County

7/31/2019

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
**Photo Release**
CFO Jimmy Patronis Hosts Be Scam Smart Workshop in Gadsden County

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. —Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis hosted a Be Scam Smart Workshop today at the Gadsden County Senior Services in Chattahoochee to educate seniors on how to avoid fraud and scams.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Every day we hear of new scams and fraud tactics targeting Floridians, especially our seniors. Anyone can fall victim to fraud and identity theft, but seniors are often inundated with investment offers, promises of instant wealth and requests for charitable contributions. If you feel you or a loved one has fallen victim to fraud or identity theft, please do not hesitate to report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com."

The Florida Department of Financial Services launched Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) as part the On Guard for Seniors initiative. Be Scam Smart workshops are open to seniors, their family and caregivers to help inform, empower, and protect Florida’s seniors from financial scams and fraud. Click here to request a workshop in your area.
 
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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 Twitter (@FLDFS).