In Los Angeles, various SNAP benefits scams have become a common case of reporting in February, with some beneficiaries noting that their food stamp money has vanished despite never using their Electronic Benefits Transfer card or EBT card.
Los Angeles County officials estimated that more than $19.6 million in EBT benefits were stolen in 2022, which was more than a 20-fold increase from the previous year, as reported by Los Angeles Times.
L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Alex Karkanen said that people are “hemorrhaging money,” adding that scams got to be stopped.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Social Services, Jason Montiel, said that the agency is considering the use of cards with chips, but did not provide a specific timeline at the time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued a warning on March 9, urging beneficiaries to be cautious of an EBT scam claiming in a text that their EBT cards are blocked.
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