Scam alert: Smartphone apps offer access to account information

These apps, which often cost between $1.50 and $1.99, are not approved by ODJFS or its partners.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 17, 2013


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is warning Ohioans about potentially fraudulent smartphone applications that claim to offer the ability to check their cash and food assistance account balances.

The apps, which often cost between $1.50 and $1.99, are not approved by ODJFS or its partners. ODJFS never charges individuals for access to account information.

The apps also require users to provide confidential financial information, and the potential for identity theft is a real concern. ODJFS does not recommend purchasing or downloading this type of app.

Ohioans can check their ODJFS account information securely, for no cost, at or by visiting the official EPPICard and EBT card websites at and



ironic isn't it...that people who are receiving our hard earned tax money for food stamps and cash assistance have the money for a smart phone and an app to check their balance.


They get the smartphones for FREE from the taxpayers. I work two jobs and can't afford a smartphone, but it's comforting to know that those who are less privileged can each have one free of charge.


Why should the recipients care?

Won’t the State just reimburse 'em for any loss?

Besides, just raise state income taxes or fees to taxpayers in order to cover any waste, fraud or abuse involved with social welfare programs.

In 2012, Tax Freedom Day in OH was April, 12th.

Can't the slaves work a couple more days? After all, "it's for the children."


I know of some individuals with smart phones who receive food assistance only and unfortunately they lost their jobs from a company a few months back where they were making excellent money and then one day they go to work and get layed off or let go. So what they were once able to afford they no longer can! In order to get out of a contract you have to pay an outrageous fee to begin with! Not all people are trying to abuse the system or be free loaders!! There are a percentage of individuals who busted their butts for years at a company and are no longer employed that have to use it for a short while!! Maybe we should stop judging others so much!