Florida has long been known as a haven for scammers intent on stealing benefits of every kind –from food stamps to Medicaid. But state officials are striking back with a new program that relies on demographic data to weed out criminals.
The program focuses on so-called out-of-wallet information. It’s stuff a scammer can’t find by stealing someone’s wallet or mail. With the help of LexisNexis, a company that owns decades worth of address, phone, license and other personally identifiable information, Florida hopes to save about $60 million a year in benefits it would have paid to fraudsters.
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Florida hopes to save about $60 million a year in benefits it would have paid to fraudsters.
The program is the first of its kind in the nation, the state says.