WARNING: New Phishing Scam -- NOT from the FEDERAL RESERVE or Treasury

Folks, there's a new email scam going around, purporting to be from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.  DO NOT fall for it.

Here's some quick linkage:

  1. Beware of Federal Reserve Bank Scam Website Ex China
  2. Federal Reserve Bank System Administration Scam Email

The scam is an email with the subject "Important!" and the following content:

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

Important:
You're getting this letter in connection with new directions issued by U.S. Treasury Department. The directions concern U.S. Federal Wire online payments.

On January 21, 2009 a large-scaled phishing attack started and has been still lasting. A great number of banks and credit unions is affected by this attack and quantity of illegal wire transfers has reached an extremely high level.

U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in common worked out a complex of immediate actions for the highest possible reduction of fraudulent operations. We regret to inform you that definite restrictions will be applied to all Federal Wire transfers from January 28 till February 9.

Here you can get more detailed information regarding the affected banks and U.S. Treasury Department restrictions:

h__p://banking.1federalreservesystem.com/375427277/wire/

Federal Reserve Bank System Administration

The link above was disabled by replacing the "tt" with underscore characters (this was the version printed on the second link provided above, and matches the one I received just a few minutes before posting this).

DO NOT go to the link; please let anyone you know -- particularly if they may be a bit naive -- about this scam and instruct them to delete the email instead of clicking on any links inside it.

Thank you.

 

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MacHouse reported on this back in November. Interesting to note that the top level domains for the phishing were .orgs and closely resemble the authentic domains.  hmmmm ....