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April 7, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Consumer Alert
Summary: Emails to individuals fraudulently claim to be from the FDIC. These emails falsely indicate that bank accounts are temporarily closed and that the recipient is under investigation for fraudulent activity.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is receiving complaints from consumers who received an email that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The email informs the recipient that his or her bank account has been temporarily closed because of fraudulent activity. The email directs the recipient to review the contents of an embedded attached file for details related to the fraudulent activity as well as for information on how to contact the FDIC.

This email was not sent by the FDIC and may be a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal information from consumers or to implant a computer virus onto the recipient's computer. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the link or attached files provided within the body of the email and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information to unknown sources.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski

Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: All insured institutions

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 4/07/2004 communications@fdic.gov