ALERT FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS NEEDING PPP LOANS
Law suit against Ponte Investments, LLC, promoted their “SBA Loan Program” and website “SBAloanprogram.com
April 17, 2020 – Alert from FTC for small business owners needing PPP loans
This is an alert for small business owners who are looking to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The loans help alleviate the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, but there are bad actors trying to get business owners to apply for the wrong program. Today, the FTC announced that it filed a case against a company that allegedly claimed to offer PPP loans — but, in reality, the company is not affiliated with the SBA and, the FTC says, it has been deceiving hundreds, if not thousands, of business owners.
According to the FTC, the defendants, Ponte Investments, LLC, promoted their “SBA Loan Program” and website “SBAloanprogram.com” by calling business owners and following up with emails that say things like “We are the SBALoanProgram.com and as mandated by the SBA, getting approved is easier than ever!” The callers claim to be representatives of the SBA working with the business’s bank and urge the business owners to apply for a PPP loan right away.
If you’re a business owner, go to sba.gov/coronavirus to find information about PPP loans. Once at sba.gov/coronavirus, go to Click here to learn more about available SBA loan and debt relief options.