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How Dumb Do they Think i Am?? (Scam attempt email)

Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by TimN88, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. TimN88

    TimN88 F1 Veteran

    Jun 12, 2001
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    Look at this email i recieved in my hotmail inbox
    "Dear Citibank Member,


    This email was sent by the Citibank server to verify your e-mail
    address. You must complete this process by clicking on the link
    below and entering in the small window your Citibank ATM/Debit
    Card number and PIN that you use on ATM.
    This is done for your protection because some of
    our members no longer have access to their email addresses and
    we must verify it. This is to prevent any type of online fraud .
    Citibank is made to protect your identity online.

    To verify your e-mail address and protect your Citibank account,
    click on the link below. If nothing happens when you click on the
    link (or if you use AOL), copy and paste the link into
    the address bar of your web browser.

    www.citibank.com/signon/popup
    ---------------------------------------------
    Thank you for using Citibank!
    ---------------------------------------------
    "


    A.) I do not have an account with citibank
    B.) Citibank, or any other bank, would never ask for this info!
    How would this PROTECT my citibank account, assuming i even had one? I never even gave my bank my email address. They have my mailing address and that should be good enough for them.
    Anyone else get this crap?
     
  2. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 F1 Rookie

    Oct 16, 2001
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    I got a similar email for ebay. Said they wanted to verify my credit card number...yeah right! What is a dead give away is that "/popup" at the end of the address. You may be lost is a pop up hell, unable to escape, while they ravage your credit.
     
  3. Prugna 328

    Prugna 328 Formula 3

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    Yes, I got one for Ebay also.
     
  4. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Anybody else getting these from their ISP (Internet Service Provider)? Getting more convincing looking each time... and I'm sure many have been suckered.

    I forward mine to the fraud department. Pronto.
     
  5. Erich

    Erich Formula 3

    Sep 9, 2003
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    wax waxed eloquent when he opined

    Anybody else getting these from their ISP (Internet Service Provider)? Getting more convincing looking each time... and I'm sure many have been suckered./end quote

    Last summer I received a similar email from my provider, verizon.
    I trashed it because I knew it was a fraud.

    A couple months later and my account gets shut off.

    After a couple of calls to get it all sorted out, this is what happened.

    The email was legit. My wife misplaced a credit card so we canceled it.
    We were paying the ISP with that cc.
    When the cc went dead they sent me an email asking for a new cc number. When I blew them off, they pulled the plug on me.

    Even knowing this, I would do exactly the same thing today. The cost of being taken in a fraud is just too high.
     
  6. TimN88

    TimN88 F1 Veteran

    Jun 12, 2001
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    Did they ask for the cc in the reply over a normal email? Why would they be stupid enough to do that? That is not secure, they mustbe stupid.
     

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