Fake letter targets customers receiving benefits

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY – State and county public social services officials are warning about a fake letter circulating on social media that 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 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 fro
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