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Apr 20, 2012 9:34 AM by AP

State cautions businesses about scam

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana businesses are being placed on alert for a scam involving the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Officials say a person recently went into a business in the New Orleans area, claimed to represent the Department of Children and Family Services and asked to update the machines that take the electronic benefit transfers associated with the food stamp program.

Secretary Ruth Johnson says the department rarely visits businesses in person and does not service EBT machines in any way. She notes that a private contractor is responsible for servicing the machines and federal partners handle the retailer application process.

Johnson on Thursday urged businesses to contact the agency toll free, 1-888-524-3578, if anyone claiming to represent DCFS visits unannounced or raises suspicions.

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