Many people received a phishing e-mail with the Subject "FDIC has officially named your bank a failed bank" yesterday appearing to come from the FDIC. The text from the fraudulent e-mail would appear something like:You have received this message because you are a holder of a FDIC-insured bank account.
Recently FDIC has officially named the bank you have opened your account with as a failed bank, thus, taking control of its assets.
You need to visit the official FDIC website and perform the following steps to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage:
- Visit FDIC website: (a fraudulent link was provided here)
- Download and open your personal FDIC Insurance File to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage
It appears this is a new phishing attack where the intent is to attempt to collect personal or confidential inforamtion. Recipients of this e-mail should be warned of its nature and encouranged NOT to follow any of the links from the e-mail.
Here is the link to the FDIC Consumer Alert published October 26, 2009 - http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/alerts/