EBT Skimming

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Skimming

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Recent news articles related to fraud within public assistance programs—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance Nutrition Funding (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC)—have focused on EBT Skimming.

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Administration for Children and Family (ACF) and individual SNAP/TANF agencies have issued numerous client education materials aimed at informing genuinely needy and vulnerable participants at how to spot a card skimmer. Skimmers have historically and predominately been found on automated teller machine (ATM) and gas pumps targeting credit and debit cards. FICO saw a 368% increase in compromised cards in 2022.

So why are criminals suddenly targeting EBT devices? Or are they?

In this article, we dive into how card skimming is hitting the most vulnerable in society. Acknowledging that members of society will always be targets of phishing emails, texts, and phone calls, we review some of the other main contributors to account take-over – particularly those that affect at-risk populations.

Read our article to learn how your agency can help protect your members and the services they need.

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