Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services Private businesses such as mortgage companies and car dealers are checking the names of potential customers against a government list of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers. The checks sometimes result in the refusal of service to innocent people.
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Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services

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Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services

Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services

Security List Keeps Some from Receiving Services

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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.