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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
(FDIC) has received numerous reports from consumers who received
an e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.
The 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governments…" the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance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 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.
This e-mail is fraudulent. It was not sent by the FDIC. It is
an attempt to obtain personal information from consumers. Financial
institutions and consumers 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.
The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and
disrupt the transmission. Until this is achieved, consumers are
asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information
to the FDIC by sending information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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