Be Aware! Recent Scams – PLEASE BEWARE Scams offering a “free government cell phone” or “free gift cards”. They ask for your personal information, card number and/or PIN. New benefit recipients are contacted by a “protection plan” company that says they are part of the state program. They ask for personal information from cardholders, getting enough to steal benefits from the cardholders’ accounts. People who say they are “concerned citizens” posting warnings about EBT card security. They give a telephone number that is close to a real customer service helpline telephone number (maybe one number is different). A cardholder calls the number, and then is asked for personal information, account number, and a PIN. Text messages have been used to get illegal access to other people's benefits. If you receive a text message or email asking for your personal EBT information, contact your county public assistance office and do not reply to the text or email message.