Just about everyone in the country has been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

That is why the government is sending relief via the Payment Protection Program, the stimulus program, and other programs.

These programs are aimed directly at small and medium-sized businesses to help keep their workers on payroll. According to the SBA "SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities."

Unfortunately, the world's hackers, scammers, and phishers never let an opportunity go to waste, and they're getting in on the action.

According to IBM's X-Force, multiple spam campaigns are currently ongoing, with the scammers convincingly impersonating the US Small Business Administration, promising government relief funds to struggling businesses. The program itself actually exists and is 100 percent legitimate, but of course, the emails sent out by these scam groups simply offer a convincing spoof of the actual program. To apply for the program, contact your local bank/credit union/lender that offers SBA 7(a) loans.

Here's how it works:

The victim gets an email that, by all appearances, comes from the Federal Government. It outlines what the program does and indicates that a business owner who clicks the embedded link is just a few minutes away from being able to secure the financial aid his company needs.

To get the help, all you have to do is follow the link, enter your online banking login credentials, and let the government wire you some badly needed funds. Except, of course, no funds are ever forthcoming. All the scammers wanted was a way into your online accounts so they could drain them dry.

In fact, if you enter your login credentials, you'll get an error message stating that there was a problem and that you must have entered your user name and password incorrectly. In the meanwhile, of course, the login information you just entered has already been sent to the owners of the webpage to use as they set fit.

It's a pity that the hackers and scammers have no shame and that even in the face of a global pandemic, we have to deal with them in addition to the stress and chaos going on all around us. Given that there's no end in sight where the pandemic is concerned, this is going to be an ongoing problem. Stay on your guard.

As you know, IT is essential and cybersecurity is no longer an option; because it's not IF you get hacked, it WHEN. Nevertheless, we see that most CEO's running small to medium size companies in San Antonio are NOT getting the critical data protection and security they need - and think they are getting - due to the simple fact that there is no way for them to be sure that their IT is actually secure. You should never have to wonder if your data is safe, you can be in control of your company's safety and build the confidence to thrive without fear of attack around every corner. It's always better to outsource cybersecurity to someone who specializes in it.

Unsure if your network is currently in danger of a data breach or ransomware? Since 2012 Juern Technoloy has been perfecting its ability to provide the highest level of IT services and support at a truly reasonable price. Call (210) 245-6900 today to schedule your free Cybersecurity Risk Assessment so you can know for sure if your data is being protected because you can't guard Fort Knox with BB guns.

Juern Technology is a managed IT services and security company based in San Antonio, TX. serving small to medium-sized businesses that demand effective protection from hackers and need reliable technology that will drive profitability.

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