Another Fradulant Email that is out there
February 10, 2009 10:31am CST
I got this warning when I logged on to one of my banks web pages. I thought is was interesting and luckily I had not gotten an email like this. I think I would not have clicked on even if I got the email like this. I am posting this so you all will be away and not open it so you will not get the virus the email warns about. Here it is: Fedwire Phishing Scheme Updated January 15, 2009 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is warning consumers, businesses and financial institutions to be aware of fraudulent e-mails allegedly from the Federal Reserve Bank. The fraudulent e-mails claim that a phishing attack has affected the Fedwire system and that restrictions are in place. The e-mails further instruct recipients to click on links within the e-mail for additional information. The fraudulent e-mails have included various spoofed names and addresses in the "From:" line of the messages, including "Bank System Administration," "System Administration" and "Federal Reserve Bank." The e-mails contain the following message verbatim: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK Important: You're getting this letter in connection with new directives issued by U.S. Treasury Department. The directives concern U.S. Federal Wire online payments. On January 1, 2009 a large-scaled phishing attack started and has been still lasting. A great number of banks and credit unions is affected by this attack and quantity of illegal wire transfers has reached an extremely high level. U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in common worked out a complex of immediate actions for the highest possible reduction of fraudulent operations. We regret to inform you that definite restrictions will be applied to all Federal Wire transfers from January 6 till January 16. Here you can get more detailed information regarding the affected banks and U.S. Treasury Department restrictions: The message contains links to two Web pages that attempt to load malicious Trojan horse programs onto end users' computers. Please review these helpful guidelines of what to do when you’ve received or click links within unsolicited emails: If an end user received the e-mail and clicked on any of the links, fully scan the computer using updated anti-virus software. If malicious code is detected on the computer, consult with a computer security or anti-virus specialist to remove the malicious code or re-install a clean image of the computer system. Be aware that phishing e-mails frequently have links to Web pages that host malicious code and software. Do not follow Web links in unsolicited e-mails from apparent federal banking agencies. Instead, bookmark or type the agency's Web address. Always use anti-virus software and ensure that the virus signatures are automatically updated. Ensure that the computer operating systems and common software applications security patches are installed. Do not open unsolicited or unexpected e-mail attachments because of the risk of malicious code or software in the attachments. Instead, call the agency using a known and appropriate telephone number to verify the legitimacy of the message and attached file. Be alert to different variations of the fraudulent e-mails. Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. Has anyone of you gotten this email? I hope you all have anti virus protection on your computers.
• United States
11 Feb 09
Thanks for letting me know. I signed up for a new phone plan when I get the papers on it I think I am getting some overseas long distance free I will see if you are no it. We leave on Sunday to Reno to stay with the kids. I will send you a photo of the baby when he gets here.
• United States
10 Feb 09
Yes,i read an article recently what people are doing to steal from others on the internet.Some are persons that worked in the finanical areas and now are out of work and are putting what they know to work...One of the most popular is the paypal phishing email i have recieved one a few months ago,all you can do is be weary of emails that seems to raise a red flag...
• United States
11 Feb 09
Thanks for your response I did get the paypal one also. I did not automatically open these emails. My friend came over here last week and was on my computer and got one that said that she was getting a rebate from the federal government but they needed to verify her information. I when she want to open it my spam blocker told her it was probably a fraudulent email. We both felt it was fraud. I think if she was going to get an IRS Rebate they would already have her information because she has been filing taxes for years.
11 Feb 09
teapotmommommerced, Thank you for your conscientious post here. It is just so important how we should ever be on our guard against these devious schemes and schemers. Kudos on your effort here.