FDIC Targeted by Phishers - AgainThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. today warned consumers and financial institutions that bogus emails claiming to be from the FDIC are arriving in inboxes. This is the fourth time within a year that the federal banking regulator has issued alerts about phishing emails using its brand.
The FDIC says subject lines of the e-mails state: "you need to check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage" or "FDIC has officially named your bank a failed bank." The email states: "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."
The email then directs recipients to click on a link stating "You need to visit the official FDIC website and perform the following steps to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage." If individuals click on the link, they are sent to a non-FDIC webpage. One email link has a .eu destination, which means the web server is located somewhere in the European Union.
The e-mails and associated web site are fraudulent. Anyone getting these emails should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users' computers, says the FDIC.