The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has announced that it received numerous reports of phishing emails designed to appear as if they originated from the agency.
‘While the emails exhibit variations in the subject lines, the messages are similar,’ the FDIC says. ‘They all make reference to the suspension of recipient's ability to conduct transfers via ACH and/or wire transfer. The emails then encourage recipients to install a software update by clicking on a link provided. They then say that functionality will be restored once the software update is installed.
‘These emails and the link provided are fraudulent,’ the FDIC adds. ‘Recipients should consider the intent of these emails to load malicious software on the recipient's computer, or to collect personal or confidential information. Recipients should not click on the link provided. The FDIC does not send unsolicited emails to consumers or business account holders.’
(Editor's note: MortgageOrb recently published an E-Feature that details how mortgage banks can help promote phishing awareness with their customers. The E-Feature can be located here.)