PPP Detective

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PPP Detective
PPP Detective Logo
Logo of pppdetective.com
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pppdetective.com Screenshot
Screenshot of pppdetective.com landing page.
Type of site
Crowdsourced fraud detection
Available inEnglish
Founder(s)Megan Drescher, Brian Hamachek
Websitehttps://www.pppdetective.com/
CommercialNo
RegistrationNo
LaunchedApril 1, 2021
Current statusActive
Written in.NET / C#

PPP Detective is a United States based website which crowdsourced the detection of fraudulent loans within the United States government's Paycheck Protection Program COVID-19 relief program.[1]. The site was launched on April 1, 2021 by a software engineer named Brian Hamachek and a UX designer named Megan Drescher[2]. The site is not for profit and contains ads to offset the cost of the third-party data sources.

The website has been referenced by numerous local news outlets reporting on potential PPP fraud for their coverage area.[3]

Background[edit]

PPP Detective website was created as a response to news reports of widespread fraud within the United States government's Paycheck Protection Program COVID-19 relief program[4]. The purpose of the website is to solicit local knowledge from people across the country to help determine which loans in their local geographical area look suspect to them.[5] The idea is that people who live near the business would be best able to determine if the loan is legitimate or not.[6] The website uses the SBA's public data dumps to display loan details. To aid in the detection of fraudulent loans, the website pulls in additional third-party data sources, such as Google Street View images[7]. Users can flag loans and other users can then verify and also flag the loan[8]

Functionality[edit]

The website contains the following features:

  • Up-to-date loan data from the SBA.
  • Third-party data sources such as:
    • Google Street View
    • Google Maps
  • Flag fraudulent reviews
  • PPP Fraud news articles[9]

See also[edit]

There are similar websites offered by the non-profits ProPublica [10] and FederalPay [11]. These websites do not focus on the detection of fraudulent loans.

References[edit]

  1. "Crowdsourcing Paycheck Protection Program Loan Fraud - PPP Detective". www.pppdetective.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. "About This Website - PPP Detective". www.pppdetective.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  3. Kowalick, Claire. "What Wichita County businesses got Paycheck Protection loans and who still owes money?". Times Record News. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  4. Reilly, Peter J. "Paycheck Protection Fraud Is Massive And Unsurprising". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  5. "PPP fraud can be identified, tracked on website created by software engineer". FOXBusiness. 2022-02-23. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  6. McKenna, Frank (10 May 2021). "PPP Detective Crowdsources PPP Fraud Detection". Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  7. "Website created to help expose PPP fraud". MSN. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  8. "PPP fraud can be identified, tracked on website created by software engineer". FOX Business. 2022-02-23. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  9. "Latest PPP Fraud News". www.pppdetective.com. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  10. Willis, Moiz Syed,Derek (7 July 2020). "Tracking PPP: Search Every Company Approved for Federal Loans". ProPublica. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  11. "SBA Paycheck Protection Program Data Lookup - FederalPay". www.federalpay.org. Retrieved 2021-08-03.

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