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Important Update: Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage

The FDIC deposit insurance rules have undergone a series of changes starting in the fall of 2008. As a result, certain previously published information related to FDIC insurance coverage may not reflect the current rules. For details about the changes, visit Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage. For more information about FDIC insurance, go to www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/index.html or call toll-free 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342). For the hearing-impaired, the number is 1-800-925-4618.

Illustration of hands pulling up a plant of money from the ground.Winter 2003/2004

Estate Planning: Protecting Your "Family Fortune" Through FDIC-Insured Bank Accounts
How to pass funds on to your heirs and make sure you're fully covered by federal deposit insurance, including new rules for "living trust" accounts.

When Internet Scam Artists Go "Phishing," Don't Take the Bait

New Proof of Identity Required When Opening Accounts

Beware of Bogus Debt Elimination Scams

Fraudulent Ads Use Official Bank Logos

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Last Updated 03/08/2004