Defend yourself against scams

The advancement of technology is a never-ending trend, but one downside is that there always are new avenues for scammers to target consumers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services believes the best defense against scams and fraud is to educate consumers.

The department has designed an educational outreach program that includes providing speakers at no cost to present consumer protection information to organizations, businesses, and groups, a newsletter states.

The program empowers Floridians with valuable services and resources, and enables consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing products and services. The department conducts Consumer Protection Fairs and distributes thousands of educational brochures each year.

To arrange for a speaker or for more information, visit or call the consumer assistance center at 1.800.HELP.FLA (435.7352).