WDH Warning Residents of Scam related to Community Service Block Grants
Written by jordanmckamey on August 22, 2019
The Wyoming Department of Health is warning that fraudulent activity by individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant is targeting Wyoming residents.
WDH staff has heard from a handful of victims and near-victims who have been contacted via Facebook Messenger and other social media platforms with offers of a large “CSBG grant” in exchange for personal information and a “small fee for processing.”
The Community Services Program never contacts individuals by phone, email, text message or mobile services, or social media to request personal information in exchange for CSBG funds.
Sarah Green–Community Services Program Director for WDH said the people making reports described receiving the scam messages from established social media friends, which helped the information to appear more real and trustworthy. In other locations across the country, potential targets have also received calls, emails and text messages.
Anyone who learns of or receives any communication offering a CSBG grant or requesting personal information in exchange, should report it to the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477