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Hawaii's BBB Warns of Phishing Scam Disguised as FDIC E-mail
July 27, 2010

Hawaii’s BBB is warning people not to open an e-mail claiming to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). If you get one of these scam e-mails, DO NOT open it or click on the link inside.

The subject line advises recipient to check their coverage and the e-mail includes a link to a Web site masquerading as the FDIC site. The e-mail includes instructions to check the account "Deposit Insurance Coverage" by downloading and opening “your personal FDIC Insurance File." However, doing so installs a malicious file on the user's computer. 

If you or someone you know gets one of these scam e-mails, contact Hawaii's BBB

Hawaii's BBB has these tips to avoid phishing scams:

Know that financial institutions, government agencies and other officials will never request your personal information by e-mail.
If you receive an e-mail from an unknown source, don’t open it or click on any links or files attached.
Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware software are up to date and all operating system security patches are installed.

Get more tips to avoid phishing scams at BBB’s online video library and