How Can I Help Protect SNAP?
SNAP fraud happens when:
- SNAP benefits are exchanged for cash. This is trafficking. It’s against the law.
- Someone lies on an application to get benefits or additional benefits.
- A retailer lies on an application to get into the program.
SNAP’s measure of improper payments is not a measure of fraud. The majority of improper payments are due to unintentional errors. Many of these errors don’t represent a loss to the government.
FNS aggressively fights SNAP fraud. We appreciate the help of concerned citizens in protecting the Program. If you see or hear about SNAP fraud, tell us.
You can anonymously report fraud several ways.
Contact: Your State. This is especially important if you think that someone lied about their income or assets, or is misusing their benefits.
Call: (800) 424-9121; (202) 690-1202 (TDD)
United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General
PO Box 23399
Washington, DC 20026-3399
Or submit a report to USDA OIG online
There are serious penalties for SNAP fraud. Whether you are a participant or a retailer, it is important to know and follow SNAP rules. You can help.
If you are a:
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