FDIC Targeted by Phishers - Again

The 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.

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Linda McGlasson

Linda McGlasson

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Linda McGlasson is a seasoned writer and editor with 20 years of experience in writing for corporations, business publications and newspapers. She has worked in the Financial Services industry for more than 12 years. Most recently Linda headed information security awareness and training and the Computer Incident Response Team for Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), a subsidiary of the NYSE Group (NYX). As part of her role she developed infosec policy, developed new awareness testing and led the company's incident response team. In the last two years she's been involved with the Financial Services Information Sharing Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), editing its quarterly member newsletter and identifying speakers for member meetings.

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