FDIC: e-mail a scam

By MARY BRANHAM State Journal News Editor Published:

The notice looks very official. It lists the officials with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and even comes from an "FDIC" e-mail address.

But it's a scam.

The FDIC began receiving calls shortly after noon Friday about an e-mail purportedly sent by officials at the corporation asking respondents to verify banking information, according to a press release from the agency.

The e-mail, which was received by a State Journal employee among thousands of others across the country, is purportedly a notification that insurance has been denied to a bank account due to "suspected violations of the Patriot Act."

"While we have only a limited amount of evidence gathered on your account at this time," the e-mail states, "it is enough to suspect that currency violations may have occurred in your account, and due to this activity we have withdrawn Federal Deposit Insurance on your account until we verify that your account has not been used in violation of the Patriot Act."

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