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Small Business Center

Pandemic-Relief Tricksters

April 25, 2024

Small businesses fell victim to telemarketers offering pandemic-relief credits. Scott Volner, for example, received $330,000 but later found he wasn’t eligible. Now, small business owners’ vulnerability has sparked increased scrutiny and calls for stricter regulation to safeguard against fraudulent schemes and bogus telemarketers. The U.S. Justice Department has charged around 3,500 people and seized $1.4 billion in stolen COVID relief funds, a fraction of the estimated total fraud.

For more about efforts to combat fraud and protect small businesses, read NBC News’ coverage here.

By Rebecca Meiser

Contributor, Commerce + Communities Today and Small Business Center

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