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    VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko warns the public to be aware of a scam targeting county residents who collect welfare benefits through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

    This scam targets people via text message claiming a problem exists with the EBT card. The victim is directed to call a phone number included in the text message. During the call, the victim is asked to furnish the EBT account information and PIN to verify their account. After acquiring this personal information, a fraudster duplicates the EBT card and steals the victim’s welfare funds.

    Tips to avoid being a victim of this scam include:

    • Do not share your EBT card or account information with anyone.
    • If you did not initiate the communication regarding a problem with your financial account, immediately terminate the communication and contact the financial institution at the telephone number located on the back of your EBT card.
    • The Ventura County Human Services Agency does not make contact via text message and would never request access to EBT accounts in this fashion.
    • Any solicitation of EBT information should be reported to the District Attorney’s Welfare Fraud Hotline at (805) 477-1605.

    We need your help in bringing these criminals to justice and preventing others from becoming victims.

     

     

    VENTURA, California – El Fiscal de Distrito Erik Nasarenko alerta al público de ser consientes sobre la estafa de Phishing dirigida a los residentes del condado que reciben beneficios públicos por parte de las tarjetas de transferencia de beneficios electrónicos (EBT).

    Esta estafa se dirige a las personas por mensaje de texto avisando que existe un problema con la tarjeta de EBT.  La victima es indicado que llame a un número de teléfono incluido en el mensaje de texto.  Durante la llamada, se le pide a la víctima que de la información de la cuenta de la tarjeta de EBT y el PIN para verificar su cuenta.  Después de adquirir esta información personal, un estafador duplica la tarjeta de EBT y se roba los fondos de la víctima.  

    Como evitar ser víctima de una estafa:

    • No comparta su tarjeta de EBT o información de cuenta con nadie.
    • Si usted no inicio la comunicación en relación a un problema con su cuenta financiera, termine la

    comunicación inmediatamente y contacte la institución financiera al número de teléfono indicado atrás de su tarjeta de EBT.

    • La Agencia de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Ventura no hace contacto por mensajes de texto y jamás pediría acceso a cuentas de EBT de esta manera.
    • Cualquier solicitud de información sobre EBT debe ser reportada al Departamento de Fraude de Servicios Públicos de la Oficina del Fiscal a la línea directa (805) 477-1605.

    Necesitamos su ayuda para llevar ante la justicia estos criminales y prevenir a otros de ser víctimas. 


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