When I started supporting small businesses, scam messages came in.

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The government has recently introduced measures to support small businesses one after another. First, it was decided to lower the card fee to 0.5% for small merchants with annual sales of 300 million won or less, and to relieve the burden of fees for merchants with 3 billion won or less according to their sales. In addition, the quarantine subsidy, which was set to give 1 million won each, will be provided immediately from the 27th of this month. However, there are scammers who send fake text messages saying they are giving support, so you have to be careful about this.

Reporter Lee Hye-mi covered the report.

When the store was cut off from customers due to the strengthening of quarantine measures, and when a penny was wasted, a letter flew in was nothing but rain.

Loans of up to 200 million won at a low interest rate of 2%, turned out to be all fraudulent.

[김세종/소상공인 : 이런 문자가 올 때마다 정말 말 그대로 짜증이 밀려오죠. 지금 당장 힘들어 죽겠는데 이렇게 힘든 사람들한테 한 번 더 칼을 꽂는 행위잖아요.]

Shortly after the government announced last week that it would provide quarantine subsidies to small businesses, text messages stating that it would provide quarantine subsidies were also sent.

[사기 문자 제보자 : 언론에서 계속 얘기가 나오잖아요, 소상공인 지원금에 대해서. 문자 양식을 봤을 땐 마치 진짜 지원금을 주는 데서 정부 측에서 보낸 문자같아서 혹했죠.]

There is also a text at the top that says ‘advertisement’ as if it was sent by a financial institution, but it’s hard to tell if it’s a hoax until you take a closer look.

[사기 문자 제보자 : 전화번호를 눌러서 이용당할 것 같아요, 진짜 급한 사람들은. 저도 웬만하면 이런 거에 대해서 굉장히 철두철미한 사람인데 순간적으로 확 당겼어요.]

As much as a broadcaster expressed his anger through SNS, texts impersonating support are pouring in.

Personal information may be stolen or money may be stolen in the name of commission.

The Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced that they would prevent being deceived by fraudulent text messages by posting examples of government-sent messages on the small business quarantine subsidy site.

(Video coverage: Park Dae-young, Kim Min-cheol, video editing: Park Soo-seon, VJ: Park Hyeon-woo)

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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