E-Mail Claiming to be from the FDIC — April 10, 2012
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent emails that have the appearance of being sent from the Publishers Clearning Houst that makes reference to the FDIC.
The emails inform the recipient that he or she is the winner of a large cash prize and instructs them to obtain a "Check Insurance Certificate from FDIC." The emails state the FDIC will be "requesting a fee of $1,000" to provide the "Check Insurance Certificate. The emails state that the recipient is to write to the FDIC via email for instructions on how to send the requested fee. A fraudulent phone number and email address are provided.
The FDIC does not issue anything called a "Check Insurance Certificates." These emails are fraudulent and were not sent by Publishers Clearing House of the FDIC. Recipients should consider the intent of these emails as an attempt to steal money or collect personal or confidential information from the recipient. Recipients should NOT, under any circumstances, send funds as requested or provide any personal financial information through this media.
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