I Was A Victim Of Business Identity Theft—And It Could Happen To You

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By Gerri Detweiler

As of August 2021, the Small Business Administration reported it had received 1.2 million complaints of loan identity theft for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. That means over a million business owners believe their business identities have been used to apply for Covid relief loans administered by the SBA. 

I am one of those victims. Here’s what happened to me, along with steps I’m taking that you can also use to help protect your business.

Business identity theft: How I found out I was a victim

I learned about the fraudulent loan application because my personal Experian credit report lists an inquiry from “SBA ODA,” but I’ve never applied for a loan from the SBA.

I’ve written extensively about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program since it was launched in March 2020 to help businesses impacted by…

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