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Pennsylvania officials warn of SNAP texting scams


(WBNG) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is warning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients of recent texting scams.

The department warns of a text message scam that tells people they have been selected to receive assistance through SNAP. The department says it will not text individuals about SNAP benefits or any other public assistance programs.

If you receive a text about SNAP benefits, you are asked to ignore it.

“We are all living through difficult times, and unfortunately, there are people who will try to take advantage of others who may need help meeting essential needs,” said Secretary Teresa Miller in a news release.

“If you receive unsolicited or random calls or text messages telling you that you qualify for assistance then asking for personal information, it is most likely a scam. Do not respond, and delete the message so you do not get caught in an identity theft scam," she said.

The department asks Pennsylvania residents to to contact the Department of Human Services if they have any questions regarding the legitimacy of a text.

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