Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) issues a warning to SNAP benefits scam aimed at obtaining personal information, Explore Clarion reported. With fraudulent emails posing as settlement payments, officials emphasize vigilance to safeguard against identity theft.
Alert on SNAP Benefits Scam
The DHS alerts Pennsylvanians to a deceptive scheme targeting SNAP recipients, wherein phishing emails purporting to offer settlement payments prompt individuals to divulge personal payment information. Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh cautions against responding to unsolicited communications soliciting personal data.
The fraudulent emails originate from addresses like “[email protected],” aiming to exploit vulnerable individuals reliant on SNAP benefits. Officials stress that legitimate DHS correspondence will not request sensitive information via unsolicited channels.
State Inspector General Lucas M. Miller underscores the importance of reporting suspicious activity to safeguard public trust and prevent exploitation of assistance programs. Pennsylvanians are urged to remain vigilant and report fraudulent attempts to the DHS fraud tip line or the Office of State Inspector General.
SNAP Benefits Scam : Verifying Legitimate Communications
DHS outlines protocols for identifying legitimate communications, emphasizing that official messages will not disclose benefit details or request specific personal information. Recipients are advised to verify the authenticity of communications through DHS’ Office of Income Maintenance.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to submit public assistance applications through verified channels, such as the DHS website or County Assistance Offices, to mitigate the risk of falling victim to scams. Officials reiterate the availability of online services and assistance for those unable to access resources digitally.