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Pa. warns of SNAP phishing scam

Pennsylvania officials are warning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries about a text message phishing scam.

Scammers are sending texts telling recipients they were approved for $1,000 in SNAP benefits, but only if they click a link provided in the text.

“Pennsylvanians should not reply or share any personal information if they are contacted in this manner,” the Department of Human Services said in a statement.

The department does send text messages to recipients of public benefits, but they are sent from the number (833) 648-1964 and they never request personal information, include details about a person’s benefits or provide links to unofficial sites.

Typically, official department texts direct people to the Department of Human Services website, the COMPASS portal or to a legitimate website ending in .gov, .org or .com.

To report suspicious texts or other forms of suspected fraud, call the Department of Human Services fraud tipline at (844) 347-8477 ((844) DHS-TIPS).