SNAP Benefits Login and Signup users are experiencing phishing attempts. Here is what you can do to stay safe with the online application.
If you’re using SNAP Benefits, beware of fake messages from scammers who want to steal from those in need of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Users around the country should be careful if they see any signs of scammers.
According to the Department of Social Services, scammers are spreading claims that people’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are locked.
DHS has stated that it will not use texts to notify recipients that their cards are locked and require them to call a toll-free number for assistance.
Do not reply if you’re a SNAP recipient who receives a message from an unknown number claiming that your EBT (food stamp) account is “locked” and that you can no longer login or signup to the application online.
Here are some things you can do to prevent fraud if you’re receiving SNAP benefits:
• Don’t let unauthorized people use your EBT cards or signup using your name. The online application is meant for you only and for the benefits, you can receive, not others.
• Never share your EBT card numbers or PINs with anyone outside your SNAP household. Doing so could allow someone else to get into your account and use your benefits for themselves.
• Your EBT cards cannot be accessed without a pin code. Call the number printed on the front of your EBT cards to change your PIN. Or visit the EBT section. You can also change the PIN online. Make sure you’re using the right website for your state! If you are not, your login will not work correctly.
If you suspect fraud, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) office at the SNAP benefits hotline and seek login or signup assistance from your local agency instead of using the online application.