November 24, 2009

New American Dream

“New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.” Check out the website and suggestions for the holidays:

November 2, 2009

CONSUMER ALERT FROM FDIC -- E-mail Claiming to Be From the FDIC

The following comes from ASEC Partner, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). FDIC has requested that you share this information with all of your contacts. This information was obtained from FDIC’s web site

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

The subject line of the e-mail states: “check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage.” The e-mail tells recipients that, "You have received this message because you are a holder of a FDIC-insured bank account. Recently FDIC has officially named the bank you have opened your account with as a failed bank, thus, taking control of its assets.”

The e-mail then asks recipients to “visit the official FDIC website and perform the following steps to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage” (a fraudulent link is provided). It then instructs recipients to “download and open your personal FDIC Insurance File to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage.”

This e-mail and associated Web site are fraudulent. Recipients should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, some of which may be used to gain unauthorized access to on-line banking services or to conduct identity theft.

The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT follow the link in the fraudulent e-mail.

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