In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week, this week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis encouraged Floridians to learn more about the latest fraud schemes and is sharing tips so you can better identify fraud before becoming a victim.

Earlier this year, Patronis launched “Be Scam Smart,” which is an online video series aimed at empowering Florida’s seniors with information to better protect themselves from fraud. Last year, it’s estimated that seniors in the United States lost nearly $1 billion to scams. The free online videos cover topics such as common scam tactics, identity theft, and what to know before you purchase annuities and reverse mortgages. Visit to learn more.

“As CFO, I’m committed to fighting fraud and ensuring Floridians are aware of the latest fraud and scam tactics. Scams come in many forms: texts, emails, letters, and calls and the most common ones are social security scams, IRS scams, phishing scams and fake check scams. When it comes to scams, the best defense is a good offense, and it is critical for Floridians, especially our seniors, to always be on alert and know the signs of scams. By educating yourself on common scam tactics, you can spot a scam before falling victim. I encourage all Floridians to be scam smart and learn more about commons scams tactics at,” Patronis said.

Tips from the Federal Trade Commission

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