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JACKSON (WNE) — The Wyoming Department of Health issued a press release warning about scammers posing as representatives of the Community Services Block Grant program.

The department warned that the scammers use social media to tell people they are eligible for “large grants” through the program.

“They’re asking for things like name, address and phone number,” said Sarah Green, community services program manager at the Health Department. “Then they ask the individual they are scamming to purchase a money order and send it to the scammer.”

In truth, the block grant program doesn’t give money to individual residents. Instead the federal government gives money to the state of Wyoming, which passes it along to representatives in each of its 23 counties.

The county government handles the block grant in Teton County, with officials deciding which community service programs and agencies will receive money.

Most government programs won’t ask people to send a money order to receive more money. Green said scammers have asked for between $300 and $800 as a “processing fee” that will enable the individual to receive the block grant.

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