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Important Update: Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage

The FDIC deposit insurance rules have undergone a series of changes starting in the fall of 2008. As a result, certain previously published information related to FDIC insurance coverage may not reflect the current rules. For details about the changes, visit Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage. For more information about FDIC insurance, go to www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/index.html or call toll-free 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342). For the hearing-impaired, the number is 1-800-925-4618.

Winter 2003/2004

Beware of Bogus Debt Elimination Scams
If an Internet site or other advertisement offers to sell you a document you can use to "legally" eliminate an outstanding credit card balance or other debt, don't believe it.

U.S. government and banking industry reports indicate a variety of schemes on the Internet and elsewhere promoting programs that, for a significant fee (sometimes thousands of dollars), fraudulently claim to enable borrowers to stop payments on a debt simply by giving the lender a specially-prepared document. Many of these offers also cite false claims about the Federal Reserve System, U.S. currency or other federal or state government programs as the legal justification for their debt elimination program.

The bottom line: These documents are bogus and a waste of money. If you come across this scam on the Internet or elsewhere, consider reporting the details to the FBI by calling the regional office listed in your phone book or contacting the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ifccfbi.gov. If you want more information about legitimate ways to get out of debt safely and avoid debt-related scams, see "Weathering a Financial Storm" in the Winter 2001/2002 issue of FDIC Consumer News, online at www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin0102/cvrstry.html.

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