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ALERT: Beware of Fraudulent SBA Grant/Loan Offers

We’ve received reports of scammers targeting small businesses with fake offers of SBA grants and loans. These scams can steal your personal information and even lead to identity theft. These fraudulent emails deceptively use the logos of America’s SBDC and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and are being sent from the address: ‘apply@smallbusinessdevelopmentcenter.online

Please note:

  1. The SBA does not send unsolicited emails offering grants or loans.
  2. Legitimate SBA communications will come from official @sba.gov email addresses.
  3. Be cautious of unsolicited emails requesting sensitive information or requiring payment for a grant or loan application.

If you receive a suspicious email offering an SBA grant or loan, it’s crucial that you do not respond or provide any personal information. If you have doubts about the legitimacy of a communication supposedly from the SBA or SBDC, please contact us for verification. You can also forward the email to the FTC at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ to help track scammers.

For current, up-to-date information about SBA grants and loans, visit the official SBA website: https://www.sba.gov/

The Norcal SBDC is your trusted resource for business success. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

ALERTA: Tenga cuidado con ofertas fraudulentas de subvenciones/préstamos que dicen ser de la SBA

Hemos recibido informes de estafadores que se dirigen a pequeñas empresas con ofertas falsas de subvenciones y préstamos de la SBA. Estas estafas pueden robar su información personal e incluso provocar el robo de identidad. Estos correos electrónicos fraudulentos utilizan de manera engañosa los logotipos del SBDC de Estados Unidos y de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA) de Estados Unidos y se envían desde la dirección: “apply@smallbusinessdevelopmentcenter.online”.

Tenga en cuenta:

  1. La SBA no envía correos electrónicos no solicitados ofreciendo subvenciones o préstamos.
  2. Las comunicaciones legítimas de la SBA provendrán de direcciones de correo electrónico oficiales @sba.gov.
  3. Tenga cuidado con los correos electrónicos no solicitados que solicitan información confidencial o exigen el pago de una solicitud de subvención o préstamo.

Si recibe un correo electrónico sospechoso que ofrece una subvención o un préstamo de la SBA, es fundamental que no responda ni proporcione ninguna información personal. Si tiene dudas sobre la legitimidad de una comunicación supuestamente de la SBA o SBDC, comuníquese con nosotros para verificarla. También puede reenviar el correo electrónico a la FTC en https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ para ayudar a rastrear a los estafadores.

Para obtener información actualizada sobre las subvenciones y préstamos de la SBA, visite el sitio web oficial de la SBA: https://www.sba.gov/

Norcal SBDC es su recurso confiable para el éxito empresarial. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en contactarnos.

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