A new phishing scam that utilises text messages has been brought to the attention of participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Pennsylvania by the Department of Human Services (DHS).
According to the officials, the recipients of SNAP will receive a text message informing them that they have been “authorised for $1,000” in benefits and that they must click a link to obtain it.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency does not use the telephone number 1-833-648-1964 to send text messages to those who receive benefits such as SNAP or any other programme.
The following information will not be included in any text messages sent by DHS:
Information concerning a person’s benefits, like the maximum amount of income they are permitted to get, are referred to as “details.”
Links to websites that are not officially affiliated with the organisation.
The majority of communications sent out by the department will point individuals in the direction of a website that has either the “.gov,” “.org,” or “com” extension.
Officials advise that if a contact sounds fishy, you should never respond or provide any personal information to the sender, and you should report the incident as soon as possible.
“If you have gotten unwanted or random calls or text messages telling you that you need to open a link to access your benefits and asking you for personal information, it is highly likely that you have fallen victim to a scam.
“Do not respond to the message and delete it so that you do not become a victim of identity theft,” Meg Snead, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, urged citizens. “Doing so will prevent you from becoming a victim of identity theft.”
Officials have stated that people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be sent a text message informing them that they have been “authorised for $1,000” in financial assistance and that they must click a link to receive it.
This notification will be sent to SNAP recipients informing them that they have been “authorised for $1,000” in financial assistance.
It has come to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the department does not use the telephone number 1-833-648-1964 to send text messages to people who are presently receiving benefits from any programme, including SNAP.
A member of the general public is the one who alerted the Department of Homeland Security to the existence of this material. This information was brought to the Department of Homeland Security’s attention after it had already been brought to their knowledge in a previous instance.
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Call the Department of Homeland Security’s fraud tipline at 1-844-DHS-TIPS if you have any reason to believe that you or a member of your family has been the target of the SNAP scam or any other type of questionable contact (1-844-347-8477).