EBT Card Skimming on the rise in Glenn County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2023
Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency
(530) 934-1468 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency warns of a recent rise in EBT card skimming. Over the past weekend, a number of reports of EBT card skimming have been reported to the Agency.
The HHSA reminds customers that they may take actions to reduce the likelihood of having their benefits stolen by (1) avoiding simple PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) such as 1111, 1234, etc.; (2) keep PIN and card numbers secret by not sharing with anyone outside their household; (3) cover the keypad when entering PINs on any machine; (4) changing their PIN often, preferably right before their benefit issuance date; (5) never sharing their PIN or Card Number over the phone or via text to anyone (no County Agency, State Agency, or EBT processors will ever request this data over the phone or via text); (6) check their EBT account regularly for unauthorized charges and, if detected, change their PIN immediately to stop thieves from making further purchases or withdrawals and contact their caseworker at the Agency for restoration of stolen benefits. Additionally, any device that is used for swiping an EBT card can always be double-checked by a quick tug or pull on the plastic outer shell to ensure there is not a false overlay atop that device and, if discovered, contact the management of that retailer, gas station, or bank ATM immediately.