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Consumer Alert: E-mail Claiming to Be From the FDIC

Posted by Hopeton on May 4, 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

The subject line of the e-mails state: “Just for your time.” The e-mail tells recipients that, “The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Online department kindly asks you to take part in our quick and easy 5 questions survey.” It attempts to entice recipients to take the “survey” by telling them “In return we will credit $50.00 to your account – Just for your time!” The e-mail then directs recipients to click on a link to take the survey (a fraudulent link is provided).

This e-mail and associated Web site are fraudulent. Recipients 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.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT follow the link in the fraudulent e-mail.

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