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To:
Catahoula-LaSalle bank Customers
Subject:
Phishing Attempts

We have had reports of individuals calling customers claiming to be from Catahoula-LaSalle Bank and requesting their Card information, PIN number, and Security code. They state that there has been fraudulent activity on the customers card and that they need your card information to assist you. If you receive a call please DO NOT give out any information to anyone.

We at Catahoula-LaSalle Bank would never call and ask you for that information over the phone. Never give out your PIN number to anyone. We would never have a need for your PIN number. If you have any questions please give us a call here at the bank or visit our Security Page at http://www.catlabank.com/index.cfm/id-theft we will be more than happy to help.

To:
Chief Executive Officer (also of interest to Security Officer)
Subject:
Consumer Alert
Summary:
E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC are attempting to get recipients to click on a link, which may ask them to provide sensitive personal information. These e-mails falsely indicate that FDIC deposit insurance is suspended until the requested customer information is provided.
Distribution:
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Note:
Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports from consumers who received an e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The e-mail informs the recipient that "in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments…" the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance from the recipient's account "due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act." It further states deposit insurance will remain suspended until identity and account information can be verified using a system called "IDVerify." If consumers go to the link provided in the e-mail, it is suspected they will be asked for personal or confidential information, or malicious software may be loaded onto the recipient's computer.

This e-mail is fraudulent. It was not sent by the FDIC. It is an attempt to obtain personal information from consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.

The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and disrupt the transmission. Until this is achieved, consumers are asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information to the FDIC by sending information to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit the FDIC's website.


Sandra L. Thompson, Director
FDIC: Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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