Beware snail mail ‘phishing’ scam

The U.S. Small Business Administration is warning small businesses not to respond to a wave of fake letters that request bank account information in order to qualify for federal tax rebates.

The letters mimic the SBA letterhead and have been received by business owners across the country. None have been reported in Richmond yet, according to the local SBA office.

The letters ask the businesses to reply with their bank account information in order to qualify for tax credits under the Economic Stimulus Act. The letters are not authorized by the SBA and the organization is advising recipients not to respond in way.

If you receive one, call the SBA Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline: 1-800-767-0385

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