State and local government workers want to spend more time preventing fraud, rather than chase it down afterward, according to a recent survey.
Adjustments to screening techniques are driving down phony claims, Washington officials say. But in other states, illegitimate claims clog systems already overburdened.
The head of the Washington Employment Security Department said the scheme, which appears to have originated in Nigeria, could delay payments to legitimate filers.
The gift card schemes are very low-tech, but they take advantage of people's sympathies after a deadly natural disaster, an email security consultant says.