June 2, 2020
Fake letter targets customers receiving benefits
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - State and county public social services officials are warning about a fake letter circulating on social media which falsely claims customers must be tested for COVID-19 to continue receiving benefits such as cash aid, CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

The letter bearing the seal of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) also falsely claims that children will be removed from parents who test positive for COVID-19 and placed into foster care. Riverside County, state and county health services departments will never ask about health status in connection to an application for benefits. Children will not be removed from parents who happen to test positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19.

“At a time when thousands of Riverside County residents are reaching out for help from our public benefits system, for someone to prey on their fears and uncertainties is outrageous,” said Allison Gonzalez, assistant director of DPSS’ Self Sufficiency Division. “We hope this fake letter doesn’t frighten those in need of support away from the critical programs and services DPSS offers.”
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