Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Private businesses such as mortgage companies and car dealers are checking the names of customers against a list of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers.

A new report says innocent people are sometimes denied services because their names are similar to those on the list. The businesses are checking applicants against the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list.

Alex Chadwick speaks with Marketplace's Janet Babin about the report's findings.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.