Fraud Alert: Scammers Pretending to be Workers of Farmworker Organizations Charging a Bogus Fee to Process $600 Direct Relief Payments

SACRAMENTO, CA (March 23, 2023) Farmworker organizations and advocates are warning against potential scammers who may attempt to defraud farm workers of their much-needed direct relief payments. Reports have surfaced that some scammers are posing as workers of La Cooperativa and other farmworker organizations, and are charging unsuspecting workers a fee to process their $600 direct relief payments.

La Cooperativa and other reputable organizations are providing direct relief payments to eligible farm workers at no cost. These payments are part of the federal government’s efforts to support individuals and families affected by the pandemic as part of the Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant program (FFWR) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Therefore, no one should be charged for these services.

“We urge all farm workers to be vigilant and cautious of anyone who asks them to pay a fee to receive their direct relief payments,” said Marco Lizarraga, Executive Director of La Cooperativa. “These services are free, and any attempt to charge for them is fraudulent and illegal.”

Farm workers are already facing numerous challenges, including low wages, limited access to healthcare, and the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The last thing they need is to fall victim to scammers and lose their hard-earned money.

If you suspect that you have been targeted by a scammer or have fallen victim to fraud, you should immediately report it to the authorities. 

$600 relief payments continue to be distributed, and La Cooperativa member agencies are working tirelessly to ensure that all eligible farm workers receive the funds. To learn more about the payments for farmworkers, please visit:

Additional Information on USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant program:

For assistance, contact the following La Cooperativa member agencies serving the various regions of California:

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Central Valley Opportunity CenterStanislaus, Merced, Madera 1-209-356-7176
California Human DevelopmentLake Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, Contra Costra, Butte, Colusa1-916-371-8220
PROTEUSFresno, Kings, Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles1-888-776-9998
CETSanta Clara, Monterrey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara1-800-533-2519
Employers Training ResourcesKern, Inyo, Mono1-661-336-6661


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