It’s heartless, but it happens. Scam artists try to take advantage of people at vulnerable moments.
The latest scam targets people who are applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also called SNAP or food stamps. The scammers place ads on the Internet claiming they will help you apply for food stamps or find out if you qualify. You may see one of these ads on a search engine or even next to an article you’re reading on a website.
If you click on the ad, you’ll go to another website that may ask you to provide personal information. The site may even ask you to enter your credit card information. This is a big RED FLAG! The scammers want your credit card information so they can go on a shopping spree on your dime, or get access to your bank account.
Service providers for SNAP will NEVER ask you for credit card information. They will only ask you for the specific information they need to fill out the official application for your state.
For more information about this scam, or if you think you may have fallen victim to it, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/alert.htm.
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