Beware of online SNAP application scammers

There is a growing issue in which scammers offer phony SNAP application assistance online. Here are few pointers to keep in mind.

There have been reports of individuals placing ads on the internet, sometimes located on the side of legitimate articles, offering assistance for filling out SNAP applications. The links will take you to another website where you may be asked to provide personal information, including credit card information.

Customers applying online for SNAP should be advised not to provide any personal or financial information to a third-party contacting them. It can be used to allow other individuals to make unauthorized purchases on your credit card, or gain access to bank accounts.

If you would like assistance in applying for SNAP, please contact 211info by dialing 211 toll-free, texting your zip code to 898211, or emailing help@211info.org.

If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please contact your credit card company immediately. You can also choose to file a police report. For more information on identity theft, please visit the Federal Trade Commission site.

Posted on May 27, 2015 and filed under legal.