Fraudulent E-mail Claims to Be from FDIC

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:

"You need to check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage."

The fraudulent e-mail then tells recipients:

"You have received this message because you are a holder of a FDIC-insured bank account. Recently FDIC has officially named the bank you have opened your account with as a failed bank, thus, taking control of its assets."

The e-mail then directs recipients to click on a link, stating:

"You need to visit the official FDIC website and perform the following steps to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage."

Both the e-mail and the Internet site associated with it are fraudulent. If you receive this fraudulent e-mail, do not click on the link provided. Consider the e-mail an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto your computer.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers. Neither consumers nor financial institutions should follow the link in the fraudulent e-mail.