New FDIC Phishing Attack

Fake E-Mails Hit Business Accountholders
New FDIC Phishing Attack
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has fallen victim to yet another phishing attack, this time through fake e-mails that urge business owners to click links purporting to provide FDIC information about their financial institutions.

Fraudulent e-mails are being sent from alert@fdic.gov with the subject line: "FDIC: Your business account."

In a consumer alert e-mail, the FDIC says the recent scheme's wording varies slightly from other FDIC-targeted scams. Some e-mails begin with "Dear Business Owner," instead of "Dear Business Customer." The e-mails also say, "We have important news regarding your bank," instead of, "We have important news regarding your financial institution." Fake e-mails are also coming from subscriptions@fdic.gov.

The fraudulent e-mails go on to say that business accounts and loans might be affected by acquiring-bank relationships, offering vendors information about how they can file claims against the receivership.

"The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business account holders," the FDIC alert states.

This comes in the wake of a recent phishing scam targeting the Internal Revenue Service. The e-mails come from info manager@irs.gov and support manager@irs.gov, and contain numerous typos.

The FDIC was targeted by phishers in June, when an attack tried to convince consumers to click links for "important information" from their financial institutions.


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