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Elaine S. Povich


States scramble to replace ripped-off SNAP benefits

Skimming devices became a common way fraudsters steal money from electronic benefits transfer cards over the last year, and now states aim to strengthen debit card security and reimburse victims of fraud.

Data & Analytics

This state will hire you — no college degree required

Maryland has removed the four-year requirement for thousands of jobs -- including information technology specialists.


Thieves hit on a new scam: Synthetic identity fraud

Combining real Social Security numbers with mismatched or phony names to create new synthetic identities allowed swindlers to bilk the federal government out of nearly $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Emerging Tech

Robocalls prompt states to join feds in crackdown

Nearly half the states are working with the Federal Communications Commission in the fight against spoofing and robocalls.