Hudson County Exec. DeGise warns residents of phone scam for SNAP clients

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Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise is warning residents of a phone scam targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients and applicants, seeking out confidential financial information.

Hudson County Department of Family Services. Photo via foodstampoffices.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The county’s Division of Family Services received a complaint from a resident/SNAP recipient against FSP Consulting, alleging, among other things, that the person was asked in the course of the solicitation to provide confidential information such as bank account numbers.

“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 said in a statement.

“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.”

All residents who have been defrauded by FSP Consulting, its subsidiaries, or any other entity and have not yet reported it, should Division of Family Services Director Robert Knapp at 201-395-5463 or Hudson County Office of Consumer Protection Chief Steve Krywinski at (201)795-6231 (he can also be emailed at skrywinski@hcnj.us).

“Our first line of defense in the fight against fraud is you. Please contact us if you receive this kind of solicitation to help us protect you, your families and your neighbors,” DeGise concluded.