January 13, 2011 8:49
E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (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 fraudulent 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that “in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments…” the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance from the recipient’s account “due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act.”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 that 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.
If you receive this email do NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and do 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. Help them out by reporting any similar attempts to obtain this information by sending information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full alert from the FDIC.