The FDIC has issued a Consumer Alert regarding fraudulent emails that have the appearance of being sent from the FDIC and entice the recipients to take a survey to have $50 credited to their account. Click here for Alert
E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC are attempting to trick recipients into installing unknown software on personal computers. These e-mails falsely indicate that recipients should download and open a "personal FDIC insurance file" to check their deposit insurance coverage. The "insurance file" may actually be a form of spyware or malicious code and may collect personal or confidential information. Click here for additional information.
New Fraud Prevention Website
Click on the FakeChecks.org website sponsored by the National Consumer League, with partnering organizations like the American Bankers Association, VISA, and the US Postal Inspection Service. The site details various check fraud schemes, online purchase schemes, and the online sweetheart scheme. It also includes a fraud test - see how at risk you are for becoming a victim.
CC Issues Consumer Advisory and Policy Statement
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a consumer advisory and policy statement regarding tax refund-related products, including refund anticipation loans. Click here for Policy Statement on Tax Refund-Related Products and Click here for Consumer Advisory 2010-1 "Consumer Alternatives for Receiving Income Tax Refunds".
Free Credit Report
Click here for information for free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com.