The U.S. Small Business Administration is sending a cyber warning alert to loan applicants seeking federal aid in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Email phishing campaigns where malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes have surfaced. The SBA is particularly concerned about scam emails targeting applicants of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program asking them to verify their accounts using a third-party online platform to collect personally identifiable information. It should be noted that any email communication from the SBA will come from email accounts ending in sba.gov, and nothing more. Loan applicants are being advised to look out for email scams and phishing attacks using the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain PII, access personal banking accounts, or install ransomware or malware. Applicants are also advised to help protect their identity and privacy by never providing their full name, date of birth, social security number, address, phone numbers, email addresses, case numbers, or any other PII in public-facing comments or responses to third-party emails. The SBA will not use a third-party platform to: Actively seek PII Search a third-party platform for or by PII, or “Follow” public users proactively without a waiver. Borrowers who are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII are cautioned to ensure that any application numbers referenced in the email are consistent with their actual application number. Loan applicants and borrowers are also advised not to click on any links or open any attachments, which are often used in phishing email scams. Additionally, federal agencies that provide disaster recovery assistance will never ask for a fee or payment to apply for financial assistance, and government employees do not […]
May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Watch DI-NC’s Wellness@Work Virtual Event!!
On May 4th, Disability:IN NC hosted keynote Dr. Thomas Dooley as he presented insights on the Opioid Crisis and potential solutions, including his own research that led toward an alternative therapy for anxiety disorders. He also discussed the mental health ramifications of the current COVID-19 Crisis. Thanks Cris Rogers for the video.
After much consideration, Disability:IN and its Board of Directors have decided the 2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo will now be a Virtual Event during the same dates, July 13-16th. For more information: https://disabilityin.org/annual-conference/2020-april-update/
Friday, April 24, 1:00-2:00pm ESTCall in number: 202-871-8736 (no passcode needed)
It is during challenging times we must fall back on our values and mission - to support and empower companies to achieve disability inclusion and equality.
Understand the federal resources available from EEOC, ODEP, EARN
Review Disability:IN COVID-19 Response Series
Hear from other Affiliates on their response & open discussion
Derek Shields, Corporate Disability Inclusion Consultant at Disability:IN
Beth Butler, Executive Director at Disability:IN North Carolina
Cassy Beckman, Consultant at Disability:IN Minnesota
Darla Wilkerson, Executive Director at Disability:IN Greater Kansas City