Scam artists are once again taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by targeting small businesses, claiming they are missing out on fake pandemic relief the business owner has never even heard of.

“And it just makes sense. Scammers see the opportunity to prey on small business owners because so many of them are anxious for relief since the pandemic began.”

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota’s Bao Vang says scammers will ask for a processing or delivery fee to receive COVID relief funds. Unfortunately, once they get your “processing fee,” they will disappear for good. Vang is warning business owners: you should never pay money to get “free” money.