JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County residents have been warned to remain extra vigilant against become the victims of scams that involved them giving confidential information, such as bank account numbers, over the telephone.
According to a statement by Hudson County Tom DeGise, The Division of Family Services received a complaint from a Hudson County resident and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient against a company identified as FSP Consulting.
“The Hudson County Division of Family Services is the only agency a resident should have contact with regarding SNAP benefits and it will never request bank account information,” DeGise reminded residents. “If you receive a phone call or correspondence from anyone other than the Division of Family Services related to your benefits, please disregard this contact and immediately report it to the Division of Family Services or to the Hudson County Division of Consumer Protection.”
Similar scams are often designed to take advantage of vulnerable residents, such as those wishing to cooperate as fully as possible in order to receive needed benefits for their families. While clients may not have significant financial assets, confidential information such as bank account numbers, social security numbers and other identifying information can be used to create fake identities used to scam others. This kind of information should always be protected.
All residents who have been defrauded by FSP Consulting, or its subsidiaries, or any other entity and have not yet reported it, may contact Robert Knapp, Division Director for the Hudson County Division of Family Services at 201-395-5463 or Steve Krywinski, Chief of the Hudson County Office of Consumer Protection at (201)795-6231 or emailed at email@example.com.
“Our first line of defense in the fight against fraud is you,” DeGise said. “Please contact us if you receive this kind of solicitation to help us protect you, your families and your neighbors.”
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