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Operation SAFE gives senior citizens knowledge to protect themselves from fraud, identity theft

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Financial Services hosted Operation SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Thursday, July 11 at the Wakulla County Senior Citizens Center. The program was designed to provide seniors, their families and caregivers with information to prevent fraud and to “Be Scam Smart.”

The Be Scam Smart workshops are being held all over Florida and address seniors and their connections to fraud, common scams and identity theft.

Tasha Carter of the Department of Financial Services told seniors to remember the three P’s: Protect, Prevent and Police your personal information.

Wakulla Sheriff Charlie Creel reminded the audience never to give away personal information to anyone who calls over the telephone.

Some startling statistics from the workshop: Senior citizens control 70 percent of the nation’s wealth making them a logical target for criminals; many crimes against senior citizens go unreported; $2.9 billion in losses reported each year by senior citizens as a result of financial fraud; one out of every five senior citizens has been a victim of a financial crime; 79 percent are scammed by family members, 49 percent are scammed by a caregiver and 47 percent are scammed by a trusted friend or neighbor.

For more information, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/OnGuard or call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).

 

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