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Update: Continued Reports of Food Stamps Stolen in Crown Heights

Crown Heights Shmira has reported that they have received multiple reports of a food stamps scam taking place in Crown Heights. Shmira advises that all EBT card holders should change their pin number immediately to prevent theft. Full Story

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mendel
February 14, 2024 6:39 pm

it happened to me today at empire kosher

Me too
Reply to  mendel
February 14, 2024 8:22 pm

Me too
Feb 14 at empire kosher
2 charges at “Coral Mini Market” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Happened to me too
Reply to  Me too
February 14, 2024 9:37 pm

Can’t say for sure in which store
my info was stolen but my account was emptied in two transactions to Palermo food market Philadelphia

What exactly
Reply to  Me too
February 14, 2024 9:51 pm

What exactly happened at Empire Kosher? You think something stole your pin there? Or you found out your card was empty there? (Have you used your card at non-Jewish stores?)

Same! The food
Reply to  Me too
February 15, 2024 12:25 am

Mine was Rising Sun supermarket in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Same here!
Reply to  Me too
February 15, 2024 12:26 am

Mine was Rising Sun supermarket in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bad neighborhood
Reply to  Me too
February 15, 2024 2:38 am

That area in Philadelphia is known to have a very high crime rate
They have to catch these scammers

What exactly
Reply to  mendel
February 14, 2024 9:51 pm

What exactly happened at Empire Kosher? You think something stole your pin there? Or you found out your card was empty there? (Have you used your card at non-Jewish stores?)

Must file a police report
February 14, 2024 7:00 pm

1st and foremost, the most important thing is to file a police report if you were a victim.surpised that it wasn’t even mentioned!! Embarrassment (all what you have to is pick up the phone and dial 911 and they come to your house and file a report easy and done!

Shmira’s phone number
Reply to  Must file a police report
February 14, 2024 9:14 pm

7182210303

You don't call 911
Reply to  Must file a police report
February 15, 2024 11:34 pm

For non emergencies.

shmira contact info
February 14, 2024 8:22 pm

how do i get in touch with shmira? thanks!

718-221-0303
Reply to  shmira contact info
February 14, 2024 9:07 pm

718-221-0303

dovid
February 14, 2024 8:47 pm

if your snap benefit wasn’t stolen. it is highly recommended to change your pin immediately

dovid
February 14, 2024 8:49 pm

What to Do If Your EBT Benefits Are Electronically Stolen
click for step by step details
https://www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/program_integrity/BRC-1063-SNAP-and-CA-Benefits-Skimming.pdf

File a police report? For what?
February 14, 2024 11:14 pm

How does it help to file a police report? Since when do the police investigate these kind of crimes?

Suggestion
February 15, 2024 1:56 am

Don’t swipe your card. Give the number to the cashier to punch in. I’ve done it many times at Empire Kosher & B”H never had an issue with stolen funds…

Including pin?
Reply to  Suggestion
February 15, 2024 2:57 pm

Giving the cashier your card # including pin?

not true...
Reply to  Suggestion
February 15, 2024 3:07 pm

i gave my number and got stolen

Na,
Reply to  Suggestion
February 15, 2024 4:23 pm

Doesn’t help.
Was stolen as well from people that do that.

Change the pin frequently.

So scared
February 15, 2024 2:24 am

How are they doing this even if i change my code how do I know I will be safe from these hackers what should I look out for ???????
In empire kosher how is that possible????

Try
Reply to  So scared
February 15, 2024 4:24 pm

Change your pin every time you use it.

The Philly stores that wiped CH’s EBT’s
February 15, 2024 3:27 am

2 stores that deliberately allowed a “customer” to wipe many CH residents food stamps EBT is,
Paloma Food Market
6900 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19142

And
Coral Mini Market
2036 E York St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Obviously those 2 owners are “in” on it, as there is no way they provided tens of thousands of dollars of food, that much merchandise in return.
It’s obviously that they are giving cash in return to the skimmers & scammers.

one stop deli
Reply to  The Philly stores that wiped CH’s EBT’s
February 15, 2024 9:18 am

Mine was charged in ‘one stop deli’ in Philadelphia, PA so there’s a third store too

Did
Reply to  The Philly stores that wiped CH’s EBT’s
February 15, 2024 4:25 pm

Did you file a police report?

It cannot be a skimmer
February 15, 2024 9:25 am

You swipe the card at the same device that scans all regular credit cards.
But only the EBT cards were robbed. No one reported their CC info stolen.

CC stolen as well
Reply to  It cannot be a skimmer
February 15, 2024 6:29 pm

Shortly after shopping at Empire Kosher with a CC I was charged $111 at Red Lobster.

It was a card I rarely use and used for the first time in a while at Empire Kosher prior to being scammed.

Kings of flatbush deli brooklyn
February 15, 2024 10:06 am

My food stamps where wiped out by KINGS OF FLATBUSH DELI BROOKLYN.

I know I used my card by a Bodega on the corner of Albany and Midwood.
Dis anyone else have there’s stolen by the same merchant ?

Same
Reply to  Kings of flatbush deli brooklyn
February 15, 2024 1:48 pm

Mine were used at king of Flatbush deli as well. But I’ve never shopped at that bodega, only kosher stores in ch.

Only CH?? Maybe all over Brooklyn
February 15, 2024 10:29 am

I heard it’s happening in Boro Park and Williamsburg too, but didn’t clarify. I’m wondering if it’s the EBT app? Maybe it’s swiping an actual card? How do we know that changing the pin makes a difference? Has anyone reported this to EBT? Maybe it’s an internal job?

Inside Job possible...
Reply to  Only CH?? Maybe all over Brooklyn
February 15, 2024 3:07 pm

The ebt app would not let me change my PIN number 10 days ago, before I was defrauded of all of my SNAP funds. The police at 71st precinct told me to give them a print out of the fraudulent transaction to attach to their crime report under Petty Larceny. I plan on changing my SNAP PIN # in the welfare office on Atlantic Ave and request emergency SNAP benefits. I suspect an inside job because my ability to change my PIN via ebt phone number was denied/sabatoged. In Adar, noch!

Which store
February 15, 2024 10:33 am

There is one on Maple and one on Rutland there isn’t a store on midwood

it happened to me
February 15, 2024 10:58 am

I only used my snap card at Jewish grocery stores in Crown Heights, so one of these stores must have an employee in on it. so sad! how low can you sink to steal food stamp money from the poor??

We haven't been able to reapply
February 15, 2024 2:28 pm

Even though we filled out all the paperwork, they say it is not able to fill up…

Switch your Pin after every single purchase
February 15, 2024 2:58 pm

The only solution right now is to change your Pin after every single time that you use your card.
This way even if they skimmed your card and have all of the info, they still can’t use it because they don’t have the new Pin.

Question
February 15, 2024 3:14 pm

How do so many Crown Heights residents qualify for food stamps?

Question
Reply to  Question
February 16, 2024 2:25 am

Let’s hear first how you don’t qualify

It happened to me too
February 15, 2024 4:28 pm

When I called food stamps to report the card stolen I mentioned that it happened to lots of people in my area and they said it isn’t just your area, it’s all over the states. Seems they may have hacked the EBT system

Mine was stolen
February 15, 2024 5:59 pm

My money comes in on the 14th, I went to shop today and I was cleaned out:(

Friend
February 15, 2024 6:20 pm

Welcome to my life ,now you will pay for food

Credit cards
February 16, 2024 12:39 am

Is this type of identity theft limited to ebt cards, or does it affect credit cards as well?

David
February 16, 2024 10:36 am

I gave my report to Shomrim and they already put a face to the thief. I hope they catch him soon…

There are skimmers at many ATMs
February 16, 2024 11:38 am

And people need to check each one before using by pulling on them. If they are loose then most likely they are compromised.
Best to go to Banks but even there I usually go to the teller. I also always cover my hand everywhere when putting in the pin.

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