Florida Office of Financial Regulation

OFR Recognizes Military Consumer Protection Month


For Immediate Release                               
July 11, 2017
Media Contacts:
Jamie Mongiovi (850) 410-9709
Katie Norris (850) 410-9826
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OFR Recognizes Military Consumer Protection Month
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation today recognized July as Military Consumer Protection Month, designed to highlight consumer protection resources available to active duty and reserve servicemembers. Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, and nearly 100,000 active duty and reserve members.
Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear said, “We are grateful for the sacrifices of our military servicemembers and their families. The Florida Office of Financial Regulation is a valuable resource for Florida’s military families, and we are committed to protecting Floridians from financial crime and providing resources to assist them in smart financial decision making.” 
There are many excellent online resources available to help servicemembers and their families navigate the financial marketplace and identify financial scams:
• Verify a License – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation offers an online tool to verify the license of the financial services business or professional before making a commitment. You may also verify their license by calling (850) 487-9687.
• Consumer Knowledge Center – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation offers investor education information and tips on how to spot scams.
• Florida Military-Friendly Guide – Governor Rick Scott offers a summary of state laws, programs and benefits that are available to active and reserve military servicemembers.
• Scams and Fraud – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam offers tips on how to avoid charity, tax, telemarketer, foreign lottery and identity theft scams. 
• Military Consumer Protection Guide – Attorney General Pam Bondi offers a guide with financial literacy information and tips, including predatory lending practices, identity theft, debt collection and foreclosure fraud.
• Financial Frontlines – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis offers information on ways to track spending, saving and building an emergency account, and how to spot predatory practices.
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