The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has become aware of e-mails appearing to be sent from the FDIC that are asking recipients to download and open a "personal FDIC insurance file" to check their deposit insurance coverage. These e-mails are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and disrupt the transmission.
The subject line of the fraudulent e-mails includes the wording "check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage." The e-mails ask recipients to "visit the official FDIC website" by clicking on a hyperlink provided, which appears to be related to the FDIC and directs recipients to a fraudulent Website. The Web site includes hyperlinks that appear to open forms that will cause an unknown executable file to be downloaded.
M&T Bank is advising you not to open these emails, if you receive it forward original as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FDIC is working with the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to determine the exact effects of the executable file. Those who receive this e-mail are to consider the intent of the software as a fraudulent attempt to collect personal or confidential information. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the Website or download the executable files provided on the Website.