Consumer Alerts

Spam: delivering Malware and Advertising Dangerous Counterfeit Goods

August 7, 2013 (IC3) – Cyber criminals have long used spam (unsolicited e-mails, usually containing links to websites selling counterfeit goods) as a method to make money and infect computers with malicious software (malware.) Spammers can send billions of these e-mails daily and some of them contain malware designed to steal usernames and passwords for online banking websites and harvest personal information such as names, addresses, or social security numbers.  Click here to read more….

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Fraudulent FDIC E-mails in Circulation

January 30, 2013 - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent e-mails that have the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

While the e-mails exhibit variations in the “From” and “Subject” lines, the messages are similar.

The fraudulent e-mails are addressed to the attention of the “Accounting Department” and meant to notify recipients that that that “ACH and WIRE transactions” are being blocked until “a special security software” is installed.

They then instruct recipients to go to a Web site for instructions on how to download the necessary files by clicking on a hyper-link provided (Note: the Web site addresses (URL) vary widely).

This e-mail and link 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. Recipients should not click on the link provided.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business account holders.


Fraud Protection
Tips for Consumers
  • Reconcile your statement each month and check for unauthorized transactions.
  • Report any suspicious inquiries or unauthorized account transactions to your bank immediately.
  • Never give out your checking account number unless it is a call you have initiated.
  • Reveal checking account information only to businesses you know to be reputable.
  • Shred or tear-up canceled checks and deposit slips before discarding them.
  • Notify your bank if you don’t receive your checks in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Use dark ink, never light colors or pencil that can be easily erased or covered.
  • Don’t leave blank spaces on the payee or amount lines.