Phish Bait: FDIC (the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: This phishing scheme, unleashed on
The link provided in the message didn’t take users to the real FDIC site, of course, but to bogus mock-up FDIC sites hosted on servers in Pakistan:
Those sites were shut down soon after federal investigators learned of the scam:
A few days later (
The FBI and the FDIC have posted a press release about the fraudulent
Last updated: 25 January 2004