ALERT: Scam letter targets family child care providers

August 2017

The DHS Licensing Division has been informed of a scam letter being mailed to family child care providers licensed in Washington County. The letter is addressed to the child care provider and alleges sexual abuse of a child (no name given) at the child care. It demands payment be sent to an account by a certain date or the sender will contact the police. Washington County licensing staff have sent an alert to all licensed family child care providers in that county and are responding to individual questions.

At this time, DHS does not have any information that this letter was sent to any provider outside of Washington County. However, we want to alert ALL licensed providers that any letter or demand for payment to avoid a police or licensing investigation is a scam. If you receive such demand, immediately reported it to local law enforcement and to your state or county licensor. The Licensing Division has alerted all county licensors to this scam letter and asked them to contact DHS if providers in other counties receive a similar letter.  

To ensure timely notice of alerts, family child care providers should be certain that the county licensor has a current email address. You can also sign up to receive emails through the Child Care Center or Family Child Care list-serves.

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