A Small Business Administration (SBA) loan can make big things happen for your company. But the agency’s loan program is sometimes abused by con artists. Be wary of businesses that charge upfront fees to help you apply for an SBA loan, even if they’re couched as “processing” or “credit check” fees. High-pressure tactics, such as threats or limited-time offers, also warrant suspicion. Some perpetrators are simply after personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers. Don’t provide them to unsolicited callers. The best way to avoid fraud is to carefully vet loan services before you work with them.