AROUND two million food stamp users have been warned of possible fraud after cards containing up to $1,500 for groceries were hacked.
About 1.8 million people in the state receive food stamps.
Hooks said about $1,500 worth of transactions were made on her card while she was in the battle hospital Covid-19.
She said that six purchases were made in California.
Hooks said ABC7: “I can’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t be in Chicago and California at the same time while fighting Covid.”
She said she was in possession of her card while in the hospital.
Hooks stressed that she doesn’t know anyone at the Golden State and said she doesn’t share her card details.
Meanwhile, Owens said she only had $0.49 on her card after a thief stole $1,200.
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Recalling her ordeal, she told ABC7: “I felt hurt. I feel exhausted. My head hurts a lot. I cried. I cried for days.”
The Illinois Department of Human Services recommends that Link card users not share their PIN.
Bosses said they were “deeply concerned” when they received reports of fraud.
IDHS officials are working with local authorities to investigate the sale.
Even so, it is unlikely that the victims will be reimbursed.
The linked card works like a regular debit card.
Americans can access the Manage My Illinois Affiliate Card portal, where they can check their balances, report stolen cards, and track their transactions.
Affiliate card users can buy groceries at stores including Sam’s Club, Aldi, Walmart and Schucks.
“Every resident of Illinois deserves fair access to healthy food options,” said Governor JB Pritzker.
To receive SNAP benefits, you need to apply in the state in which you live.
There are certain requirements to be eligible, including resource and income limits.
On average, benefits were increased by $36 per person to $157 per month in October.
The United States Department of Agriculture has published revised nutritional guidelines for Economical food plan (TFP), boosted the average pre-pandemic SNAP benefit amount.
The amount a claimant receives depends on the state in which they live, as well as the size of their family.
SNAP households are expected to spend about 30% of their own resources on food.
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