Fake Food Stamp Websites Prey on Poor


"There is no magic trick or way to easily beat the system," said Follick. "Only people that need and qualify for help will receive it, anyone trying to beat the system should know that it's illegal and they will be prosecuted."

The Internet Crime Complaint Center which works in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White collar Crime Center has not received complaints of such food stamp websites but they urge people to go to their website and be clear and thorough when providing information so that the FBI can establish trends and provide public awareness guidance on scam alerts.

"When people are looking for things online and being solicited they really need to use judgment and common sense," said Jenny Shearer, spokesperson for the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. "If you're being asked to put in your information to receive assistance or food stamps that just seems very odd and you should be weary of replying to those appeals.

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