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FDIC email scam, just got one.... here is the heads up
January 12, 2011
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Consumer Alert
Summary: E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC are attempting to get recipients to click on a link, which may ask them to provide sensitive personal information. These e-mails falsely indicate that FDIC deposit insurance is suspended until the requested customer information is provided.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports from consumers who received an e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The e-mail informs the recipient that "in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments…" the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance from the recipient's account "due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act." It further states deposit insurance will remain suspended until identity and account information can be verified using a system called "IDVerify." If consumers go to the link provided in the e-mail, it is suspected they will be asked for personal or confidential information, or malicious software may be loaded onto the recipient's computer.
This e-mail is fraudulent. It was not sent by the FDIC. It is an attempt to obtain personal information from consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.
The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and disrupt the transmission. Until this is achieved, consumers are asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information to the FDIC by sending information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2011/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
Sandra L. Thompson
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Note: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200.
FDIC Email Scams
September 2011 - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported several e-mails that appear to be from the FDIC containing hyperlinks and/or an infected attachment are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider them an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto their computers.
What to Know:
The fraudulent e-mails appear to be sent from various “@fdic.gov” e-mail addresses. Examples include, but are not limited to: "email@example.com," "firstname.lastname@example.org," email@example.com., firstname.lastname@example.org, “email@example.com"
The messages may appear with spelling and grammatical errors and include a variety of narratives. Examples include, but are not limited to:
ACH and WIRE transactions being temporarily suspended for security reasons or until certain software can be installed or updated
Reports of counterfeit cashier’s checks in circulation bearing the name of a well known bank, credit union, and other financial institution
Consumers should be aware that these fraudulent e-mails may be modified over time with other subject lines, sender names, and narratives.
The FDIC does not directly contact consumers, nor do they request bank customers to install software upgrades.
What to Do:
Do NOT click the link provided within the body of the e-mail or attempt to open the attached file.
Do NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.
Make sure your computer has up-to-date Internet security software (e.g., anti-virus, personal firewall, etc.)
Check for the latest security updates available for your operating system, and keep your web browser and other applications up-to-date.
If you clicked the link or attached file and are not sure your computer is safe, immediately shut it down and contact your computer professional to scan for and/or remove this malware.
Do not contact any financial institution or conduct any financial transactions from that computer until you or your computer professional is sure that it is safe to use.
If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, report the situation to Key
Visit the FDIC Security Alerts site to learn more.
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