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FDIC Issues Updated Alert on Fraudulent E-Mails That Contain an Infected Attachment (September 2011)

The FDIC has issued an updated alert regarding fraudulent e-mails that appear to be sent from the agency that contain an infected attachment. The bogus e-mails have addresses on the ‘From” line such as “no.reply@fdic.gov” or “notify84zma@fdic.gov”; inform recipients that their “account ACH and WIRE transaction have been temporarily suspended for security reasons”; and contain spelling and grammatical errors. The e-mails’ attachment -- “FDIC_document.zip” -- is likely to release malicious software if opened, the FDIC said. Read moreView an example of the fraudulent e-mails.

Please be reminded that the FDIC does not directly contact bank customers, nor does the FDIC request bank customers to install software upgrades. If you receive an email that appears to be from the FDIC that you are not expecting, do not open it or access any links provided in the body of the message – simply delete it or move it to your spam folder.

For additional details, visit the FDIC’s Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/alerts/index.html.