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Americans lost over $306 billion last year from hurricanes and wildfires — and identity thieves are trying to cash in on disaster relief funds

Multiple hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the US. 4.7 million Americans filed for disaster aid through FEMA, but about 200,000 applications are suspected to be fraudulent. The massive Equifax data breach may be partly to blame for the uptick in fraudulent FEMA applications. 2017 was an especially costly year for the US government.
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