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The impact of the novel coronavirus has left more than 30 million people throughout the nation without jobs or out of work and struggling for money, while millions more have desperately sought equipment to combat the global pandemic.
More than 1.178 million COVID-19 cases have been reported nationwide as of Monday night, and at least 251,059 people have died as a result of COVID-19-related illness, data shows.
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During the past several weeks, members of the public have also scrambled to find personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks and gloves, for themselves or their families. Or they have sought access to COVID-19 testing, as concern about the virus grew.
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Fraudsters have, in turn, preyed upon those fears by scamming people into giving away their personal information, paying inflated prices for coveted products, spending money on bogus virus cures and prevention treatments and, in some cases, even committing crimes.
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Here’s what you can do if you believe you’d fallen victim to COVID-19 fraud, based on the type of scam:
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOAN FRAUD
Fraudsters have recently set their sights on unknowing victims willing to hand over their money or personal information in the hopes of getting one step closer to receiving their small business loans. Scammers have begun using grant and loan fraud and phishing scams.
You can learn more about SBA loan fraud, and the signs of a scam, by clicking here.
SBA Office of the Inspector General hotline: (800) 767-0385
Online, by clicking here.
Anyone with questions about the loans can email the SBA’s Answer Desk at [email protected]