Beware of SNAP Scammers!

Beware of SNAP scammers!


On October 7, 2015, the National Council on Aging reported receiving reports about scammers who say they are calling from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The callers tell you they will help you apply for SNAP and other assistance and need your personal information, such as your bank account number and Social Security numbers for you and other members of your family.

The scammers “spoof” the national SNAP hotline number (1-800-221-5689) to trick your caller ID so you don’t know who’s really calling. If you get a call from a SNAP scammer, report it to SMP Hawaii immediately at (808) 586-7281 or 1-800-296-9422, and we will notify authorities.

SNAP is a federal program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides food and nutritional support to low-income and needy households and those transitioning from welfare to self-sufficiency. In 2014, Hawaii’s SNAP helped over 193,000 Hawaii residents (over 98,000 families). If you want information about who is eligible for SNAP and how to apply, call the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services Public Assistance Information Line at 1-855-643-1643, toll-free.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide community programs and services, online help, and advocacy to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging.