Phishing Targets FDIC

FDIC Says New Wave of Phishy E-mails Hit Businesses
Phishing Targets FDIC
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is warning banks about another strand of phishing attacks feigning to come from the FDIC.

In an e-mail alert, the FDIC warned that the e-mails appear to be coming from "insurance@fdic.gov," "subscriptions@fdic.gov," "alert@fdic.gov" and "accounts@fdic.gov."

The fraudulent e-mails include the subject lines "FDIC: Your business account," "FDIC: About your business account," "Insurance coverage of your business account," or other similar variations.

The e-mails also include a malicious link, which claims to offer consumers critical information about their financial institutions. The claim states: "We have important news regarding your bank. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership."

The FDIC says recipients of the e-mails should be mindful of any electronic correspondence that appears to come from the FDIC. And the FDIC reiterates that it does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business accountholders.

Phishing Scams Run Rampant

Along with the FDIC, the Better Business Bureau and NACHA also have been targets of phishing schemes in recent months. In the BBB case, consumers were receiving fraudulent e-mails asking them to open up an attachment. [See BBB Reports Phishing Scam].

The e-mails, which appeared to direct recipients to the BBB website, directed users to malicious sites.

The scheme targeting NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association, tried to get its recipients to click on malicious links as well. In that scam, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning, saying the vector of attack used - a variant of Zeus malware called Gameover - was targeting commercial bank accounts to takeover [See FBI Warns of New Fraud Scam].


About the Author

Jeffrey Roman

Jeffrey Roman

News Writer, ISMG

Roman is the former News Writer for Information Security Media Group. Having worked for multiple publications at The College of New Jersey, including the College's newspaper "The Signal" and alumni magazine, Roman has experience in journalism, copy editing and communications.




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