SBA Email Scam Alert

April 16, 2020

During times of crisis, one of the way scammers attempt to spread malicious software, aka malware, is by sending emails that appear to come from government agencies. Ephrata National Bank has become aware of an email appearing to be from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that contains malware. The email is identified by the Subject: SBA/Grant/Testing Centre Vouchers and will appear in your inbox as follows.

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Below is how the email appears when opened. The malware is contained in the email attachment. If you have received this email, do not open the attachment. Opening the attachment causes the malicious code to be downloaded. Instead, immediately delete the email from your inbox and then delete again from your deleted items folder. We ask that our customers remain vigilant in looking for these types of email scams. Telltale signs often include spelling errors. In this instance, the word “Centre” in the subject line is the UK spelling which is not the spelling that a government agency like the SBA would use.

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