PPP Detective

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PPP Detective
PPP Detective Logo
Logo of pppdetective.com
pppdetective.com Screenshot
Screenshot of pppdetective.com landing page.
Type of site
Crowdsourced fraud detection
Available inEnglish
Founder(s)Megan Drescher, Brian Hamachek
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]


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]


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.


  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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