Fictitious E-mails- Homeland Security, FDIC; OCC
(Madison) The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is issuing an
alert to financial institutions and consumers about a fraudulent e-mail
that has the appearance of being sent from the Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
The e-mail, which falsely states that the Director of the Department
of Homeland Security has advised the FDIC to suspend all deposit insurance
on the e-mail recipient's bank account, is an attempt to obtain sensitive
personal and bank account information. Financial institutions and consumers
should NOT access the link contained in the e-mail and
should NOT provide any personal information to the e-mail's
sender. This Alert can be found on the OCC's Web site, www.occ.treas.gov,
by clicking on Issuances and then on 2004 Alerts.
The OCC charters, regulates and examines approximately 2,100 national
banks and 52 federal branches of foreign banks in the U.S., accounting
for more than 55 percent of the nation's banking assets. Its mission is
to ensure a safe, sound and competitive national banking system that supports
the citizens, communities and economy of the United States.