The rise of card skimming scams in New York has caught the attention of officials and law enforcement agencies, prompting them to issue warnings and take action against this type of criminal activity.

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These card skimming scams have become particularly prevalent with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, which are used by individuals and families to access crucial government assistance programs such as SNAP.

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in New York has reported an alarming number of card skimming claims related to SNAP benefits since the beginning of 2022. Over 22,000 claims have been filed, with a staggering $17 million worth of benefits stolen. These numbers highlight the extent of the problem and the urgent need for measures to address and prevent such scams.

To protect themselves from falling victim to card skimming scams, SNAP recipients are advised to take extra precautions. This includes carefully inspecting point-of-sale devices for any irregularities or suspicious additions, regularly changing PIN numbers, and closely monitoring transaction history for any unauthorized activity. These proactive steps can go a long way in safeguarding individuals' benefits and preventing financial losses.

Authorities say that the increasing incidents of card skimming scams demonstrate the need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat this type of theft. It is essential for individuals to stay informed about the risks, stay vigilant when utilizing their EBT cards, and report any suspicious behavior or unauthorized access to the relevant authorities.

For additional information on identity theft prevention and mitigation, please reach out to the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection at 518-474-8583.

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