Consumer Alert: FDIC says failed bank email is fake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/2/09

Consumer Alert: FDIC says failed bank email is fake

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has a consumer alert from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  They're warning customers not to be taken by what they call a fraudulent email. 

The FDIC reports numerous complaints about the email that claims to be from them. The subject line states: "check your bank deposit insurance coverage".  It tells people they've received the message because they're a holder of a FDIC insured bank account, and recently the FDIC named the bank as a failed bank and took control of its assets.

The email tells folks to visit the FDIC Web Site and perform steps to check your deposit insurance, but authorities say it actually directs you to a bogus site that collects your information to steal from you. "The FDIC is not going to send an email to a consumer," Lubbock National Bank Senior V.P. James Arnold said. 

"If they close a bank there's other ways they're going to communicate that a bank is closed," Arnold said.   He says identity theft is becoming more technological, and people need to take precautions to protect themselves.

"Number one, never give out personal information over email or the Internet. The second thing is now might be a good time to develop a relationship with a banker.  So if something like this comes across and you receive an email like this that you may have a question about, you pick up the phone, call somebody at your local bank, and say I got this email or text that I don't really understand; can you help me with it," Arnold said. 

Authorities say if you get this email in your inbox, just delete it.

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