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MODSS Warns Of Scam Targeting Missourians


The Department of Social Services is warning Missourians about a scam involving Community Service Block Grant funds.

People have reported getting phone calls telling them they’re eligible to receive a large sum of money through CSBG funds if they agree to pay a start-up fee, according to the department.  But the acting director of DSS, Jennifer Tidball, said in a news release they will never email, text or call someone asking for money in exchange for more money.

If you receive a call like that one don’t respond and report it immediately at or call 877-770-8055.

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federal block grant provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It helps fund a network of 19 Community Action Agencies that help create, coordinate, and deliver programs and services to low-income Missourians across the state.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.