Email Scam Alert; Fake FDIC Email claims "Funds wired into your account are stolen"

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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-mail states: "Funds wired into your account are stolen." The e-mail tells recipients that the proceeds of identity theft crimes have been wire-transferred into their bank account. The e-mail then directs recipients to open and review an attached copy of their bank account statement. The attached file is actually an unknown executable file.

Recipients should consider the intent of the executable file as a malicious attempt to collect personal or confidential information, some of which may be used to gain unauthorized access to on-line banking services or to conduct identity theftCon artists know that people trust the FDIC name. That's why they may use our name and seal in fraudulent e-mails trying to obtain valuable information from consumers and businesses. These types of scams are commonly referred to as "phishing." Con artists use fake Web sites and e-mails to obtain valuable personal information from consumers.

The FDIC does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information. Additionally, the FDIC does not ask people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts. If you get this sort of e-mail appearing to be from the FDIC, you should assume that it is fraudulent.

Financial institutions and consumers are being warned NOT to open the executable file attached to the fraudulent e-mail.

Victims should report crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

For more info on other known scams -see Category: Scams/Hoaxes on this blog.

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I received an e-mail in error. It stated "Funds wired into your account are stolen" but was intended not for me but for When I searched for this e-mail address, I found a website. I've erased the e-mail but urge you to investigate.

Yes, that is a scam e-mail. Often we receive emails with bogus addresses, similar to our own. Scammers will send out these email scams in bulk -hoping to hit a correct address. Good you didn't fall for it.

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