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.