Rearing its Ugly Head EBT Fraud Resurfaces - Take Action Now!

By BJLife Newsroom
Posted on 04/21/24

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2024 - We are reposting this article becasue we have been made aware funds have been lost over Shabbos.

Nationally, there continues to be a rise in reports specifically related to EBT crime. Beware of Credit Card Machine Scammers: Protect Your EBT Card by Regularly Changing Your PIN

Baltimore, MD – May 12, 2023 - The rise of credit card machine scammers, who steal sensitive information and money from unsuspecting cardholders, has become a growing concern. One common method these criminals use is to replace the cover of the credit card machine with a fake one, equipped with a skimming device to capture card data.

As an EBT cardholder, it is crucial to be aware of these risks and to take necessary precautions to protect your personal information and financial security. Here are some steps you can take to guard against credit card machine scammers:

  1. Change your PIN regularly: One of the most effective ways to protect your account from unauthorized access is to regularly change your PIN number. Make it a habit to update your PIN every few months and avoid using easily guessable numbers like birthdates or simple sequences like "1234".

  2. Monitor your account: Keep a close eye on your account activity and statements for any suspicious transactions or unauthorized charges. Report any discrepancies to your financial institution immediately.

  3. Inspect the credit card machine: Before inserting your card, examine the machine for any signs of tampering or unusual features. If the card slot appears to be loose or if the keypad feels different, do not use the machine and report the issue to the establishment's management or the financial institution.

By being vigilant and proactive in safeguarding your EBT card information, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to credit card machine scammers. Remember, your financial security is in your hands, and taking the necessary precautions can make all the difference in protecting yourself from these malicious actors. Remember: change your PIN regularly!