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DODI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:08 PM
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Did anyone get this hoax FDIC e-mail today?
My sister did -- she called the FDIC immediately, their phones were ringing off the hook.

Interesting scam:

To whom it may concern;
In cooperation with the Department Of Homeland Security, Federal, State and Local Governments your account has been denied insurance from the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation due to suspected violations of the Patriot Act. While we have only a limited amount of evidence gathered on your account at
this time it is enough to suspect that currency violations may have occurred in your account and due to this activity we have withdrawn Federal Deposit
Insurance on your account until we verify that your account has not been used in a violation of the Patriot Act.

As a result Department Of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has advised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to suspend all deposit insurance on
your account until such time as we can verify your identity and your account information.

Please verify through our IDVerify below. This information will be checked against a federal government database for identity verification. This only takes
up to a minute and when we have verified your identity you will be notified of said verification and all suspensions of insurance on your account will be
lifted.

http://www.fdic.gov/idverify/cgi-bin/index.htm

Failure to use IDVerify below will cause all insurance for your account to be terminated and all records of your account history will be sent to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C. for analysis and verification. Failure to provide proper identity may also result in a visit from Local,
State or Federal Government or Homeland Security Officials.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Donald E. Powell

Chairman Emeritus FDIC

John D. Hawke, Jr.

Comptroller of the Currency

Michael E. Bartell

Chief Information Officer
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:12 PM
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1. That's going to fool a lot of people
The link to the FDIC is 404. That was probably the *visible* link in the email, but what does the link *actually* point to? Email hoaxers like this love to do that, btw. They put an HTML link on a URL text, but then the actual link in the HREF tag goes to somewhere else completely, like 'www.fdic.gov@spamhost.com/ripoff/index.html', for example.

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DODI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:16 PM
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3. She tried to forward it to me, but it never came through --
She e-mailed it to my two addresses and nothing. The FDIC is trying to find out where it came from.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:13 PM
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2. i also got it
methinks that impersonating fatherland security officials is treasonous under the (un)patriot act.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:26 PM
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4. Lemme guess-They want your SSN and bank account numbers.
Edited on Fri Jan-23-04 03:27 PM by BiggJawn
Unfortunately, when they "unfreeze" the FDIC coverage, they'll be long-gone, your account empty, and no, the FDIC doesn't cover scammers posing as them.
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MikeH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:59 PM
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5. I Got It This Morning
Here is a link to a press release about this fraudulent e-mail.

http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2004/pr0604.html

A www.spamcop.net tracking of the e-mail I received shows that the e-mail apparently originates in Italy, and the actual link in the e-mail is in Pakistan. :wtf:
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