CFO Jimmy Patronis Statement on Preventing
Negative Impacts on Credit Ratings for Floridians
who have Deferred Loan Payments
Tallahassee, Fla. (12/15/20) - Today at the Florida Cabinet, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis called on the Office of Financial Regulation to take steps to protect consumers credit ratings. Based on recent media reports, citizens credit ratings are being negatively affected even though they utilized deferment of payments allowed through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as a result of COVID-19.
CFO and State Fire
Marshal Jimmy Patronis Hosts
Annual Christmas Tree Burn Demonstration and
Shares Holiday Fire Safety Tips
To view and download video from the event, click aquí.
Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis hosted his annual Christmas tree burn demonstration with the Tallahassee Fire Department and urged Floridians to know the potential dangers accompanying Christmas trees and holiday decorations. If not maintained and properly removed, trees can become dry and easily ignite. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost 30% of home fires in the United States, that start with Christmas trees, happen in January.
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Phony Apple and Amazon Support Phone Calls
Tallahassee, Fla. (12/08/20) - With the holidays around the corner, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis urges Floridians to guard against false calls from scammers pretending to be Apple and Amazon customer support. Consumers concerned about their accounts should contact the company through a verified customer support number or website.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "The holiday season is an ideal time for cybercriminals to try and gain access to personal information, especially with so many Floridians doing their shopping online. Don't let the Christmas rush prevent you from being on alert for potential scams. Remember, anytime you receive a suspicious message or phone call, it could be a scammer trying to make you their next victim. If you feel you have been a victim of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com".
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Tips to Reduce Risk During
Identity Theft Prevention Month
Tallahassee, Fla. (12/07/20) - In recognition of December as Identity Theft Prevention Month, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provides tips to protect yourself this holiday season. Experts say identity theft can happen to anyone, and it is important to know what you can do to reduce your risk during this busy time of year.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Florida continues to face a fraud epidemic, as our state currently ranks second in fraud and identity theft reports nationwide. That is why it is so important to educate yourself and stay alert, so you don’t fall victim to a scammer looking to make a quick buck during the holidays. If you feel you've been a victim of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com".
CFO Patronis Launches Holiday Money Hunt
~ Initiative aimed at helping Floridians Find
Unclaimed Property this Holiday Season ~
Tallahassee, Fla. (11/23/20) - With the holiday season just beginning, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to join his Holiday Money Hunt and search to see if you or your business has Unclaimed Property in Florida. CFO Patronis is launching the Holiday Money Hunt this holiday season to spread the word and help Floridians recover and claim cash that has been unknown or lost. Currently, Florida has $2 billion in Unclaimed Property and CFO Patronis is on a mission to return every last cent back to its rightful owners. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, he has returned more than $1 billion back to Floridians. Follow along this month on Twitter and use the hashtag #FLHolidayMoneyHunt with CFO Patronis as he promotes the Holiday Money Hunt.