SCAM ALERT: “CSBG Helping Program”

Mar 01 | SCAM ALERT: “CSBG Helping Program”

March 1, 2019: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) recently received a report concerning a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program scam that is being sent through the messenger app on Facebook. 

The scam promises to give the person up to $300,000, but they must submit an amount set by the CSBG Helping Program for a “fee” to receive the funds.  The scam states you can submit a lesser amount, but will not receive the full $300,000.

"It's unfortunate that these scammers take advantage and prey on vulnerable people," stated Jerry Durbin, CSBG Program Manager with FDEO.  This situation has been reported to authorities.

Please contact the DeSoto County Social Services Department at 863-993-4858 if you or someone you know has been targeted.