This was the first year that the Indiana Department of Revenue scanned all state returns through the LexisNexis database to ensure the right person was getting their money.
Officials now report that because of that, $39 million in refunds being mailed to crooks was averted.
Only 1,500 returns were stopped last year, without the use of LexisNexis.
This year more than 30,000 Hoosiers had to take an identity quiz before receiving their refund.
The Indiana Department of Revenue also blocked an additional $78 million in education credits and other deductions that people tried to claim but couldn’t prove they deserved.