Scam Alert: DHHS Says Grant Calls Are Scams

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

The Department of Health and Human Services says it is not making calls asking for money.

Payment of a deposit fee or other funds is never required for recipients to receive public assistance grants, said Director of Children and Family Services Thomas Pristow of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of DHHS's clients reported receiving fraudulent phone calls last week.

Recipients of public assistance said callers stated DHHS had as much as $7,000 in grant money that would be released to them if they would first make a deposit fee, he said.

“DHHS never requires a deposit fee to receive public assistance grants,” Pristow said. “Once a person is identified as eligible to receive assistance, those funds are provided by DHHS with no deposit or pre-payment of any kind required.”

He said persons making these calls are engaged in fraudulent activities and persons receiving such a call should immediately hang up and call their local police department and the DHHS Special Investigations Unit at (402) 471-9407 in Lincoln and Greater Nebraska, or (402) 595-3789 in Omaha.

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