'Patriot Act' phishing e-mails resurface, FDIC warns

    Date13 Jan 2011
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
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    Posted ByAlex
    Scammers are trying to steal banking information using fake e-mails that look like they've come from the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the FDIC warned Wednesday. The phishing e-mails tell the victim his account has been suspended "due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act," and instructs him to use a system called IDVerify to confirm bank account information. In reality, there is no such thing as an FDIC IDVerify system. People who click on the IDVerify link actually go to a server controlled by the criminals. It either steals the bank account information or tries to install malicious software on the victim's computer, the FDIC said in an alert sent to banks and consumers on Wednesday.

    The FDIC has received "numerous" reports of the scam e-mail, the statement said. It is trying to figure out who's behind the scam, and it encourages people who receive these e-mails to forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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