Another Tampa Bay-area woman finds out crooks filed for SBA loan in her name
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Women in the Two Bay area say someone used their personal information to apply for loans that are supposed to help struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.
Congress has set aside billions for SBA loans, and crooks are trying to get their hands on the money.
Earlier this month, Cynthia Lommel turned to Better Call Behnken after finding out that the SBA had approved a $ 150,000 loan on her behalf. The 70-year-old is retired and has never owned a business.
Lisa Chidester from Manatee County was watching our story and said she was able to prevent an SBA loan from being made in her name. This is because she saw an SBA credit check on her credit report.
She was able to call the SBA and dispute the loan. She also received a copy of the loan application and was amazed to see all the false information the scammer had invented.
“The only real thing was my name, address and social security number,” she said.
The scammer said she was in construction and owned a heating and air conditioning business.
“We have to ask ourselves, ‘How do the crooks get the money fast and the rest of them don’t? ” she said. “I hope someone can get to the bottom of this.”
Coronavirus relief fraud is rampant, a Congressional inquiry earlier this month found more than $ 1 billion supposed to help small businesses end up in the wrong hands.