FDIC Warns of E-mail Scam
The FDIC is warning that fraudulent e-mails claiming to be from the agency are in circulation.
The e-mail tells recipients that , "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 FDIC Web site to check their deposit insurance coverage and provides a fraudulent link. It then instructs recipients to "download and open your personal FDIC Insurance File to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage."
Recipients should consider the e-mail an attempt to collect personal or confidential information. The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to customers. Financial institutions and consumers should not follow the link in the fraudulent e-mail. Read FDIC Alert.
Missouri’s Community Banks
Offer Tips to Help
Consumers Guard Against Loan Scams
The Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA), its national affiliate, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), and member banks like Citizens Bank of Rogersville are arming consumers with information to help protect themselves against loan scams.
“Many Americans are being targeted by scams that promise to help them avoid foreclosure or refinance their existing mortgage to a lower rate,” said R. David Crader, MIBA President (formerly) and Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Missouri, Perryville, MO. “It’s essential to be aware and proactive in resisting fraudulent refinance schemes leading to even more financial exposure".
· Guarantees to stop the foreclosure process—no matter what your
· Instructs you to not contact your lender, lawyer or credit or housing counselor.
· Collects a fee before providing you with any services.
· Accepts payment only by cashier’s check or wire transfer.
· Encourages you to lease your home so you can buy it back over time.
· Tells you to make your mortgage payments directly to them, rather than your
· Tells you to transfer your property deed or title to them.
· Offers to buy your house for cash at a fixed price that is not set by the
· Offers to fill out paperwork for you.
· Pressures you to sign paperwork you haven't had a chance to read
If consumers think they have been the victim of a loan scam, they should contact their state attorney general’s office to file a complaint and learn the next steps to repair any damage incurred as a result of the scam. For additional tips, consumers can also check the following resources:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:
Any community bank customer who is having problems with a mortgage should visit a local community bank for more information about legitimate programs and loan options available to them.