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: