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Fresno County Department of Social Services warns of text messaging scam

Post Date:11/06/2017 10:37 AM

 

CONTACT: JORDAN SCOTT, PIO
Ph: (559) 600-1224 Cell: (559) 666-0987
DATE: November 6, 2017
jjscott@co.fresno.ca.us

FRESNO, CA – The Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) is warning people about a text message scam targeting DSS clients.

Clients and other individuals have reported receiving a text message prompting them to call regarding CalWORKs, a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home. Upon calling the number, an automated system prompts them to enter personal information such as EBT card number, PIN, date of birth, and Social Security Number.

These text messages are NOT originating from the Department of Social Services. Should you receive a suspicious text message or phone call, do NOT give out your personal or case information. Instead, contact DSS at 1-855-832-8082.

If you have received one of these messages and provided personal information, it is recommended that you file a report with your local police department in addition to contacting DSS.

Similar scams have been reported from other California counties. Recipients of DSS benefits are urged to be cautious.

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