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New Online Scams that Impersonate Government Agencies



11/16/11 Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC)

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that the above-mentioned Web site, "helpwithmybank.com," is attempting to masquerade as the legitimate Web site, "helpwithmybank.gov," and contains potentially damaging malware. The illegitimate site redirects the user to the legitimate site "helpwithmybank.gov" in an attempt to convince users that they are connecting to a legitimate site. Attempts to connect to the fake Web site could expose the user to harmful malware.

09/15/11 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of a
fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

The e-mails appear to be sent from various "@fdic.gov" e-mail addresses, such as "insurance@fdic.gov," "subscriptions@fdic.gov," "alert@fdic.gov," or accounts@fdic.gov.

The e-mails have subject lines, such as: "FDIC: Your business account;" "FDIC: About your business account;" "Insurance coverage of your business account;" or something similar.

The e-mails are addressed to "Dear Business Owner," and state, "We have important news regarding your bank." They then ask recipients to "Please click here to find details." They conclude with, "This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership."

This e-mail and link are fraudulent. Recipients should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users' computers. Recipients should not click on the link provided.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers or business account holders.

1/1/12 Scams Involving the Federal Reserve Name

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is aware of an ongoing scam that involves fraudsters claiming to be from the Federal Reserve (sometimes using the name James Carter) contacting the public through unsolicited phone calls or emails regarding a fictitious $7000 federal grant. In most instances regarding this scam, the fraudsters require the victims to wire a certain sum of money (via Western Union or Moneygram) in order to receive the fictitious grant. The victim is told this money is needed for an application fee, a charitable donation or a processing fee in order for the fictitious grant money to be released. After the victim wires these funds, the victim is contacted again and requested to wire additional money for one final fee in order to receive the fictitious grant money. Of course, the victims will never receive any grant money as this program does not exist.

Please note the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is NOT involved in any federal grant program. We urge the public to remain alert to fraudulent scams involving individuals who purport to be employees of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York does not maintain grant money or any other type of funds / accounts for individuals.

09/13/2012 Fraudulent E-mails in Circulation

This message is to notify you of two fraudulent e-mails in circulation claiming to be from the FDIC. Please consider both to be fraudulent.

The first fraudulent email includes statements pertaining to the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 and the Investor Protection Law under the Securities Act of 1933. The contact information claims to be fdic.gov@execs.com, and the area code of (646) is used is for the Washington Office. The FDIC does not have email addresses @execs.com and (202) is the area code for the Washington Office. A form, which is attached to the cover letter, purports to be an "FDIC Claimant Verification" form. It too is fraudulent.

The second fraudulent email claims to originate at support@fdic.gov and pertains to ACH transactions. The recipient is told that an ACH transaction has not been delivered; the recipient is requested to download the update via a link.

These e-mails are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider these e-mails as an attempt to steal money or obtain personal or confidential information from the recipient. Recipients should NOT, under any circumstances, send funds as requested or provide any personal financial information. Also, please do not click on the links provided in the fraudulent emails, as this may load malicious software onto end users' computers. As a reminder, the FDIC does not send unsolicited emails to consumers or business account holders.