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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Disaster Fraud Teams Activated, Floridians Must Prepare Now for Hurricane Dorian

8/29/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Disaster Fraud Teams Activated, Floridians Must Prepare Now for Hurricane Dorian

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—With Governor Ron DeSantis issuing an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST). This team will deploy to potentially impacted areas to help empower and protect Floridians from storm-related fraud. CFO Patronis urges residents across the state to act now to prepare for possible damage and flooding from the storm.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I activated my disaster fraud teams to help empower residents with information to fight fraud before the storm makes landfall. Once the storm has passed, our teams will have boots on the ground to help protect Floridians during this vulnerable time.
 
“Residents must take Hurricane Dorian seriously and now is the time to prepare. Taking steps today including gathering important insurance and financial documents and snapping photos of valuables, can make a major difference during recovery.”
 
Indicators of Storm-Related Fraud:
 
1. A contractor or restoration professional who offered to waive or discount your insurance deductible.
2. A contractor or restoration professional that has received payment and has failed to provide any repairs to your home.
3. A contractor or restoration professional who offered to provide repairs at a cash-only discounted rate and has failed to provide repairs to your home.
4. A contractor or restoration professional who pressured you to sign an AOB and has failed to provide any repairs to your home or stopped responding to your contact attempts.
 
Floridians with any questions or concerns are encouraged to contact CFO Patronis' Consumer Helpline by calling 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) or visit PrepareFl.com to download a copy of the Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit.

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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).