A county resident has reported receiving a green postcard in the mail that references a “pending cash grant claim $20,978 (DOE).”

The postcard has a postage permit address out of Chicago but lists no business information other than a 1-800 telephone number.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reports this is a scam. Do not respond to its request for verification. Do not send them any money. This is a scam that has been around for several years.

Reports indicate that if you call the scammers, you will be asked to send in a “processing fee.” There is no pending cash grant and you will lose any money you send them.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free ride or getting something for nothing, said Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown.