ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Florida's public insurance carrier
says someone fraudulently changed its address through the U.S.
Citizens Property Insurance is trying to warn roughly 1 million
policyholders and new applicants that checks and correspondence
from June 14 to June 28 may not have been received. Even worse, it
worries the information could be used for identity theft.
Citizens covers Florida homeowners who are unable to get private
insurance on high-risk properties.
It didn't learn about the fraud until early last week, after
receiving a change-of-address confirmation from the Postal Service.
Mail sent to Citizens' Jacksonville headquarters was wrongly
diverted, but the insurer caught the fraud before the a second
request to change its P.O. Box was processed.