Scammers are using the Small Business Administration (SBA) name to con small businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis through phone calls, emails, text messages and letters.
- If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
- Emails from SBA or other legitimate government agencies will always end in gov
- There is not cost to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and SBA will never ask you to provide a credit card.
- Do not release any private information (social security number, date of birth, etc.) or banking information in response to an unsolicited caller, letter, email or text
- If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with your application number.
- An SBA logo on an email or webpage does not guarantee the information is accurate of from the SBA.
- Check for spelling and grammatical errors in an email and be wary of clicking on any links or attachments.
- For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also use a text telephone (TTY) by calling 1-800-877-8339.
- For inquires regarding support for small businesses, send an email to email@example.com
Visit the Small Business Cybersecurity site to learn more about Small Business Cybersecurity tips, common threats, training, and best practices at https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/small-business-cybersecurity