News Release: CFO Jeff Atwater’s Office
Tallahassee – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is bringing his Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) initiative and Be Scam Smart workshops to The Villages. These workshops will provide information to seniors, their family and caregivers to help inform, empower and protect them from financial scams and fraud.
The workshops will be held today, February, 6, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Eisenhower Recreation Center at 3560 Buena Vista Boulevard in The Villages. The workshops will teach seniors about scams such as fake lotteries and charitable donation scams, and how these scams work.
“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.”
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.
The Operation S.A.F.E. workshops are being provided by the Department of Financial Services, which CFO Atwater oversees, along with The Villages Community Development Districts, The Villages Homeowners Association, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, The Villages Public Safety Department, Lady Lake Police Department and Wildwood Police Department.