Fraud on contributions to the United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased. To protect affected Americans, many states offer substitution payments.
The deadline for stolen SNAP users to request this support is the 31st of the current month. These Americans must have been defrauded sometime between October 2022 and August 21 of this year.
Victims of thieves after that date have one month to claim the money back after discovering the theft. Over the past year, many New Yorkers have had their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards stolen.
Officials said the thefts resulted in a loss of over $730,000.00 USD. The Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) and regulations exist to protect defrauded consumers.
Ways to make a claim
Through this act, the government provides compensation to people whose cards have been revoked. SNAP customers should be aware that they are required to report EBT card fraud before filing a claim.
Then they must request another card and change the Personal Identification Number (PIN), either through the virtual space or by contacting 888-328-6399. It is important that residents report the time and place of theft, as well as the amount stolen.
It is also necessary to provide the EBT card's Customer Identification Code (CIN), New York address, and case number. This information can be found in the ACCESS HRA application.
Victims who wish to file a claim should visit the digital site at nyc.gov/hra and fill out the official form. To obtain this document, you must call the Infoline at 718-557-1399.
Mail the form to Department of Social Services PO Box 02-9121 Brooklyn GPO, Brooklyn, NY 11202. Another way to get help is to visit the Benefits Access Center (BAC) or SNAP and HASA centers. The review process can take up to four weeks to process lost benefits and SNAP will notify individuals.
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