Customer Alert - Fake "FDIC" Originated E-Mails - 09/13/12
Fraudulent "FDIC" E-mails – September 13, 2012
Heritage Oaks Bank has been notified of two fraudulent e-mails in circulation claiming to be from the FDIC.
The first fraudulent email includes statements pertaining to the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 and the Investor Protection Law under the Securities Act of 1933. The contact information claims to be email@example.com, and the area code of (646) is used is for the Washington Office. The FDIC does not have email addresses @execs.com and (202) is the area code for the Washington Office. A form, which is attached to the cover letter, purports to be an "FDIC Claimant Verification" form. It too is fraudulent.
The second fraudulent email claims to originate at firstname.lastname@example.org and pertains to ACH transactions. The recipient is told that an ACH transaction has not been delivered; the recipient is requested to download the update via a link.
These e-mails are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider these e-mails as an attempt to steal money or obtain personal or confidential information from the recipient. Recipients should NOT, under any circumstances, send funds as requested or provide any personal financial information. Also, please do not click on the links provided in the fraudulent emails, as this may load malicious software onto end users' computers. As a reminder, the FDIC does not send unsolicited emails to consumers or business account holders.