Skimming Scams Warning to TA/SNAP Recipients

Skimming Scams Warning to TA/SNAP Recipients
Households urged to look out for skimming devices; change PIN frequently

Attention Temporary Assistance (TA) & Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households: There has been an increase of TA/SNAP benefits reported being stolen through skimming throughout New York State, including in Dutchess County.

Skimming occurs when thieves place overlay devices called “skimmers” on retailer card readers which allows them to steal your EBT card information and, as a result, your SNAP and cash benefits. The following video shows how to protect yourself from this scam:

Act Fast: Protect Your EBT Benefits Against Skimming Thieves

Most victims of skimming are not aware that their information has been stolen until the next time they try to use their EBT card and the benefits are gone.

To reduce your risk of benefit theft:

  • Avoid Simple PINs. Number combinations such as 1111, 1234 or 9876 may be easy for others to guess.
  • Never Share Your PIN and/or Card Number
  • Change your PIN Frequently
  • Physically Inspect Card Reading Machines
  • Report Suspicious Devices/Activity
  • Beware of Phishing. State agencies and EBT processors will never call or text to ask for your PIN or card number
  • Check your EBT Account Regularly for Unauthorized Charges

If you believe your benefits have been stolen, immediately report your card as stolen by calling the EBT customer Service Helpline at 1-888-328-6399 or online at

Author: Harlem Valley News