The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) alerted us to a potential scam regarding Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programming.
According to TDHCA, several states reported multiple calls and emails from clients who are getting CSBG scams. The scammers are using Facebook accounts and mentioning the client’s Facebook friends/relatives as a referral source, requesting a fee in exchange for funding . The Office of Community Services (OCS) does not provide direct CSBG grants to individuals. Additionally, OCS does not initiate contact with individuals by phone, email, text, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
If this is an issue in your service area, the National Association of State Community Services Programs suggests that subrecipients go on the “offensive” by using their Facebook accounts regarding CSBG scammers.
If you are aware of potentially fraudulent activity by individuals claiming to represent CSBG, please report it to OCS at: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/