Scam o’ The Day

“Citibank” has kindly attempted to veerify my email address. How sweet of them! (A relative of Citibank’s, “_Citibank_” also sent me a similar email at the same time. Perhaps they should check with one another so they can avoid doing the same job.)

Read on for the email.

From: “Citibank” (ianc@delphi.com)
To: “Isaactheblue” (isaactheblue@yahoo.com)
Subj: Citi_Bank EMAIL Veerification - isaactheblue@yahoo.com

DEAR Citi-Bank Client,

This letter was se-nt by the Citi sevrers to
veerify _your_ E-mail address_.
You must cemlopte this pocsres by clicking on_the link
_below_ and enttering in the litle winndow your Citi
Debit Card Number and _PIN that you_use in the _Atm_.
This is done - for Your porctetion -u- because some_of our
memebrs no lgoner have accses to their email addeesrss
and we must verify it.

http://citi-groups.com:%46%6b%…

To veerify _your E_Mail _address_ and acces your_ CitibankOnline
account, click on the_ link beelow.

Obviously, I didn’t click on the link from my email. (Even though my yahoo address is almost entirely a spambucket, there’s no need to encourage the schmucks by broadcasting my availability.) However, out of curiousity, I copied the link into my Address bar, just to see what happened. When I did that, it took me to some “www.da.ru” site, for about a third of a second, then redirected to a URL that had an email address in it somewhere (too fast for even this biocomputer to record it), and then redirected to the legit Citibank site (http://www.citibank.com/us/index.htm.) I’m assuming, of course, that once this happens, someone is watching everything I do, and hoping that I’m set up to automatically log into Citibank.

When I get home tonite, I’m going to see if I can figure out how this guy is operating. Maybe it would be nice to write a php script to run on my local machine and hit that address as fast as possible for a few hours tonite with random information. Then I’d be a crimefighter! Yipee!

2 Responses to “Scam o’ The Day”

  1. On February 8th, 2004 at 19:47:29, Isaac Said:

    Well, they’re smarter than that. The link goes dead after about 6 hours. Till next time, I guess.

  2. On March 4th, 2005 at 23:57:20, Misty Said:

    The email you were sent had plenty of misspelled words within in them too. So that was another clue that just screamed SCAM! Ugh.. I get so tired of seeing spam all over the place. My email box gets them everyday.

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