Please see our past and current alerts below. Click on each for more detail.
09/01/2011 - Fraudulent emails appearing to be from the FDIC
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent e-mails that appear to be from the FDIC and contain an infected attachment.
The fraudulent e-mails have addresses such as "email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" on the "From" line. The message appears, with spelling and grammatical errors, as follows:
Subject line: "FDIC notification"
Your account ACH and WIRE transaction have been temporarily suspended for security reasons due to the expiration of your security version. To download and install the newest installations read the document(pdf) attached below.
As soon as it is setup, you transaction abilities will be fully restored.
Best Regards, Online Security departament, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation."
The e-mails contain an attachment "FDIC_document.zip" that will likely release malicious software if opened. These e-mails and attachments are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider these e-mails an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users' computers. Recipients should NOT open the attachment.
Financial institutions and 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 does the FDIC request bank customers to install software upgrades.
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, CH-11034, Arlington, Virginia 22226, or transmitted electronically to email@example.com. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2011/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
03/22/2011 - IRS Warns of E-Mail Fraud
The IRS is currently warning taxpayers of an active e-mail scam in the Midwest. The scam involves e-mails supposedly sent from the IRS that bear copycat logos and the names of real IRS officials. The recipients are told that their payment for taxes due has been rejected. They are then asked to clock on a link in order to fill out an attached form and thereby resolve the payment rejection issue. However, the attachment actually contains a virus. This virus allows the scammer to gather personal and financial information from the recipient's computer.IRS spokesperson Michael Devine says that the IRS will never send and e-mail asking for personal information to any taxpayer. All correspondence regarding any problem with your tax return will be through the U.S. Mail. This official IRS letter will describe the problem and contain contact information for the person or agency who can help you resolve the issue.If you receive an e-mail that claims to be from the IRS, remember the following:
- Do not respond to it
- Do not open any attachments
- Do not click on any links in the email
To assist the IRS in locating and prosecuting the criminals perpetrating this scam, you can do the following:
- Call 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS is indeed trying to contact you regarding your tax return.
- Forward any e-mail claiming to be from the IRS to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Additional Information:Fraud Assistance Hotline: (314) 612-1412
01/14/2011 - E-mails claiming to be from the FDIC
We have learned that e-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the 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.This e-mail is fraudulent, and you should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.