E-mails Claiming to Be From the FDIC - October
This message is to notify you of fraudulent
e-mails in circulation claiming to be from the
FDIC. Please consider both to be fraudulent.The
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has
received numerous reports of fraudulent e-mails
that have the appearance of being sent from the
While the e-mails exhibit variations in the
"Subject" lines, the messages are similar. They
all make reference to the suspension of
recipient’s ability to conduct transfers via ACH
and/or wire transfer. The e-mails then encourage
recipients to install a software update by
clicking on a link provided. They then say that
functionality will be restored once the software
update is installed.
These e-mails and the link provided are fraudulent. Recipients should
consider the intent of these e-mails to load
malicious software on the recipient’s computer,
or to collect personal or confidential
information. Recipients should not click on the
The FDIC does not send unsolicited e-mails to
consumers or business account holder.
FinCEN Warns of Ongoing Financial Scams (03.25.11)
FinCen (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network)
recently sent out a reminder to the public to be on
alert to ongoing financial scams that attempt to
solicit funds from unsuspecting victims. They have
received calls and reports of financial scams
attempts conducted via the telephone. The caller
represents themselves as an employee of FinCEN and
ask for the victim by name, usually at the victim's
home telephone number. The caller will identify an
outstanding debt; this debt may be actual or bogus.
The call will provide the victim with account,
Social Security or other similar number and demand
that immediate payment be made. The caller's
knowledge of the victim's name, telephone number,
account description and personal information serves
to legitimize the caller.
FinCen has become aware of another financial scam
conducted via email and telephone in which a person
claiming to be a representative of the U.S.
Department of Treasury of FinCEN informs them that
they have received a large Treasury Department
grant. To obtain the grant, the victim is instructed
to provide bank account information and make some
type of initial payment or donation.
Recipients of these calls, letters, or emails should
not respond to such messages, and should not send
money or provide any personal or confidential
information. Those who believe that they are or have
been a victim of the financial scam, should report
this information to local, State, or Federal law
FinCEN does not send unsolicited request and does
not seek personal or financial information from
members of the public. FinCEN does not have
authority to freeze assets or block funds transfers.
In addition, correspondence may purport to be from
an overseas office of FinCEN. FinCEN does not have
any offices outside of the US.
Emails Claiming to Be From the FDIC (02.18.11)
On February 15, 2011 the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) issued a Consumer Alert
fraudulent emails being sent that have the
appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The
fraudulent emails have "Important information for
depositors of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation"
in the subject line. The fraudulent emails also have
the following quote: "this message was sent to
you as you had indicated this e-mail address as a
contact, by opening an account in your bank
made in these fraudulent emails is "In order to
inform you about the news concerning current
business activity of the Company on a timely basis,
please, look through the last important changes in
current regulations of endowment insurance
procedures. Please, refer to more detailed
information in the attached document."
The emails actually say that they are from the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Investor
name of the attached file is "FDIC_Document.ZIP",
and the attachment should be considered potentially
harmful and you should not open it. The FDIC does
not send unsolicited emails.
Suspicious Calls Claiming to Be From FDIC (09.03.10)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issues
a notice on September 1, 2010; that they have
received several reports of suspicious telephone
calls where the caller is claiming to be with the
FDIC. The caller is telling people they are past due
on loans and facing potential lawsuits and possible
arrest if they don't make a payment. The loan the
caller refers to may not exist. The caller tries to
get sensitive information from the individual such
as name, social security number, and date of birth.
It has been reported that the caller sounds
aggressive and threatening.
FDIC typically does not make unsolicited phone calls
and they do not assist banks and other financial
institutions in collections. If you happen to get a
call like this you should report it to the FDIC and
if you happen to give out some sensitive information
you may become a victim of identity theft. For more
information on this issue and what to do if you give
out your information, please check out the
posted on the FDIC's website.