A potential scam causes worry among SNAP recipients, the DHS is urging everyone to not be fooled by this act.
Warnings Of A Potential Scam
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is warning individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits about a potential scam.
The potential scam involves scammers sending phishing emails pretending to be from DHS and offering a “settlement payment” to SNAP recipients if they provide personal payment information.
The email address used for these potential scams is “[email protected].” DHS emphasizes that they will never ask for personal information through unsolicited emails, texts, or phone calls which motivated the warnings of a potential scam.
If anyone claiming to be from DHS asks for personal information, it is a potential scam. To report suspicious calls or texts that look like a potential scam about DHS benefits, individuals should contact the DHS fraud tip line at 1-844-DHS-TIPS (1-844-347-8477).
According to a published article by SmartNews, the Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) also urges the public to report other potential scam or anyone trying to steal or exploit benefits through their website or by calling the Public Assistance Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582.
DHS does send informational texts and calls from the number 1-833-648-1964, but they will not include details about someone’s benefits, requests for personal information, or links to unofficial sites, just like what the messages look like as potential scams.
Phishing Email Scam
In a published article by WENY, the phishing email scam targeting SNAP recipients has raised concerns among the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Shapiro administration.
To deceive vulnerable individuals, the scam falsely promises a settlement payment to those enrolled in the program. However, recipients should remain vigilant as this is merely an attempt to trick them into divulging their personal payment information.