FDIC Warning - Email Scam

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been notified that consumers have received emails that appear to the reader to be related to banking activities.  The fraudulent emails request that the recipients respond to a notice from their bank to confirm an online payment to be made for products purchased. The link contained within the e-mail serves as a gateway to the fraudulent website.  The fraudulent website is designed to look like a page from the FDIC’s authentic web page, where the individual is then directed to provide sensitive financial and personal information, such as bank or credit card numbers.
The use of this type of email scam, seeking to obtain sensitive information from individuals, is referred to as “phishing.”  The FDIC provides information on its website that explains more about phishing and other types of fraudulent activity targeting consumers at:  http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/alerts/index.html.  The information on this site also provides consumers with tops on protecting personal information from these types of scams.