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Self Sufficiency Services

Posted on: September 20, 2023

Safeguard your CalWORKs or CalFresh Benefits

Across California, customers are experiencing their CalWORKs and CalFresh benefits being stolen off their EBT card. 

In order to help safeguard your benefits, here are some tips:

  • Change your PIN prior to your monthly issuance (at the end of every month).
  • Enroll in direct deposit to receive your cash benefits.
  • Do not keep your EBT card and PIN together.
  • Do not write your PIN on your card.
  • Do not keep your card where others can see it, always keep it in a safe place after using it.
  • Do not use ATMs that appear to have been altered.
  • Do not use ATMS with unusual signage, such as a command to enter a PIN twice to complete a transaction.
  • Keep your PIN secret and do not share your pin with anyone.
  • Cover the keypad when entering your PIN.

Watch this informational video with tips on staying vigilant for EBT scams:

Visit our Beware of EBT Theft and Scams web page for additional information.

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