It has been brought to the attention of Yeshiva World News, that there is a scammer who is targeting the Frum communites – Brooklyn in particular – and people should be aware of the following:
The scammer is apparently in possession of a Frum telephone directory, and calls people who have Food Stamps, and his conversation goes something like this:
Hello Mrs Weiss? “This is John Doe (makes up bogus name) from Social Services. We have been trying to contact you many times, regarding your Food Stamps account, and you have missed your appointment to meet with us to straighten this all out. Unfortunately, we will have to terminate you from the Food Stamps program.”
(If the woman says that she does not have Food Stamps, she tells him so – and he just hangs up. If she does have it, he continues.)
At this point, the unsuspecting woman gets all panicky and says: “I never got any calls from you. Is there anyway that we can please work this out.”
John Doe responds: “Let me see…….
Oh OK. My computer says that we can do this now over the phone.”
He then very easily gets the woman’s Food Stamps number – along with her 4-digit-pin-number (issued to her by the Government to to use food stamps), social security number, and other personal information.
“OK. Seems that everything is back in place now. You have been placed back into the program”.
She hangs up the phone – all thankful that she was reinstated into the programs – but does not realize what has just taken place.
John Doe than goes into a supermarket and buys anything he needs and tells the cashier that he does not have his food stamp card with him – and just gives them the account number along with the 4-digit-pin-number belonging to Mrs. Weiss. They usually accept it, and Mrs. Weiss then loses all her Government issued money for the month.
The FBI, and NYPD have already been contacted and are currently working on the case. If you, or anyone you know has received this telephone call, please make a police report immediately.
Please pass this info to as many people as possible.
NOTE: He has targeted people in Williamsburg, Boro Park, Sea-Gate and other areas already.