Scam alert: State warns about fake food stamp calls

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is warning food stamp recipients about fraudulent phone calls regarding benefits.

ODJFS has learned of a potential scam targeting recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. Some recipients of those benefits have received fraudulent calls falsely claiming that their benefits are ending and requesting personally identifiable information such as their Social Security number.

These calls are not generated by the state of Ohio or any of its agencies.

Butler County JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison said a handful of his agency’s clients received the calls but weren’t fooled into giving their information.

Individuals who have received these calls are encouraged to report them to the Ohio Attorney General's office at 1-800-282-0515 or

Official communications regarding Ohio SNAP and/or Medicaid benefits originate from either 844- 640-6446 (phone calls) or 614-350-2711 (text messages).

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