Bank Scam: Don't Be Fooled

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - An Internet phishing scam is targeting bank account holders and investigators say you could easily become a victim.

It's an email that can easily send you into a frenzy if you happen to find it in your inbox. The email appears to be sent from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and claims deposit insurance has been removed from your bank account because of a violation of the Patriot Act.

It says the insurance will remain suspended until you verify your account information using a link provided in the email. But the Happy State Bank says the email is a scam and to never provide your account information in this manner. Kayla Carpenter says, "We will never contact our customers and ask for their account information, we will never ask for their passwords. We have their account information here. Anytime someone is requesting that information from you, you should check further before you release any of that kind of information."

Carpenter says these scams may be common, but unfortunately, many people still become a victim. She says to protect yourself, never respond to these emails and call your bank immediately.

Warnings are currently on bank and FDIC websites, where you can find out more information about this scam. Bank officials believe the email began circulating yesterday, when the FDIC began receiving calls from consumers.