Small businesses are increasingly targets for identity theft and fraud.

Sensitive information goes up for sale on the Dark Web — a huge marketplace for stolen data. And it grows after each data breach or hacking incident.

Once a scammer has your sensitive information (EIN, account numbers and more), it’s relatively easy to submit a loan application in your name, file a fake tax return, open a credit card and much more.
There are steps you can take to help protect your business. But the real key is monitoring for suspicious activity:

  • Watch for changes in your business credit score
  • Review your statements
  • Keep an eye out for anything unusual

Defending your business can be time consuming. Start with:

  1. Dark Web Monitoring—scan websites, chat rooms, and forums to see if your information is for sale.
  2. Business Credit Monitoring—access to your credit score.

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