April Luncheon - Frauds/Scams and How to Protect Yourself
For this luncheon, we are very excited to have a guest speaker from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ivon Perez-Suarez, who will be covering the extremely important topic of fraud and scams that are used to prey on the elderly. This topic has relevance both personally and professionally to all of us, and we hope everyone finds the information that will be presented invaluable. Below is the zoom link for the virtual meeting, information about our special guest speaker as well as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Meeting ID: 840 8120 8970
Ivonne Perez-Suarez, Consumer Outreach Coordinator – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
"Since 2012, I serve consumers in South Florida by educating residents about steps they can take to avoid becoming victims of fraud and unfair or deceptive trade practices. Responsible for expanding the department’s current initiatives to reach Florida’s nearly 20 million residents with important messages about their rights as consumers and helping identify the needs of South Florida’s consumers and ensuring we meet their needs with consumer assistance and information. I started my career with former Florida Governor and United States Senator Bob Graham, followed by work as special assistant to three City of Miami Mayors (1990-1997), after which I served as Corporate Public Relations Manager at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and went on to serve as Director of Communications for a Miami-Dade County Commissioner. I hold a B.A. in International Relations with a Minor in History from Florida International University (1990)."
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, information and protection. We regulate various businesses, such as motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, pawnbrokers, health studios, sellers of travel, intrastate movers, professional surveyors and mappers, sweepstakes/game promotions and telemarketers. In addition, we protect consumers and businesses from unfair and unsafe business practices across a wide range of market sectors, including gasoline, brake fluid, antifreeze, liquefied petroleum gas, amusement rides, and weighing and measuring devices.