• Daily Leader staff report
The Small Business Administration’s name is being used in a new scam, and it is warning people across the country, according to a press release from Neil Oehme of Liberal’s Sunflower Bank.
“The SBA issued a scam alert to small businesses Wednesday, warning them not to respond to letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the agency asking for bank account information in order to qualify the businesses for federal tax rebates,” the release noted.
Apparently, the fraudulent letters are being sent out with what appears to be an SBA letterhead to businesses across the nation, advising recipients that they may be eligible for a tax rebate under the Economic Stimulus Act, and that the agency is trying to calculate whether the business is eligible for the rebate.
The letter asks the business to provide “the name of its bank and the account number.”
These letters have not been sent or authorized by the SBA, and any small business is advised to not respond to them.
If anyone has received such a letter is asked to report it to the SBA Office of Inspector General Fraud Line at 1-800-767-0385 or e-mail to
The SBA continues to investigate this matter.