The Pennsylvania Department of Health today warned Pennsylvania’s
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) participants of potential scams and cautioned them not to disclose
their personal information without verifying the identity of the
caller. Although WIC clinics do perform eligibility determinations, they
will never call participants to request their bank account information
to deposit funds directly into their accounts.
“The WIC program provides access to resources for mothers and children
across Pennsylvania and we do not want our WIC participants worried
about being taken advantage of – especially during the COVID-19
pandemic,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We want participants
to be alert, but know their information is protected and their benefits
will continue to be distributed through secure means. Please be aware of
potential scammers looking to steal personal information and report
their number so more Pennsylvanians do not have this experience.”
If a WIC participant is unsure if a request for information is
legitimate, they should contact their local WIC office. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, WIC services will be available over the phone or by
virtual appointments until counties reopen into the green phase.
Residents can find the address, hours of operation, and contact
information for their local WIC clinic here.
Pennsylvanians should report scams to their local law enforcement or
file a consumer complaint to the Office of the Attorney General through
an online form, by calling 800-441-2555, or by email at