Phishing Scammers Target Citibank
Emails, supposedly from Citibank, request recipients to click on a link and provide sensitive information on a website.
Part of another very crude example:
To_ verificatioon of your email_ address click on the link
and enter on_the |itt|e window_ _your _citibank _D e b i t full
Card nummber and PIN_ that _you use in the Atm_machine.
Citibank is currently the target of a series of phisher scams
designed to steal sensitive personal information from Citibank
customers. Scam emails, supposedly from Citibank, have been
randomly mass mailed to thousands of Internet users. The scammers
rely on the statistical probability that at least a few of the
recipients will be Citibank customers and that a small number
customers will fall for the scam.
The scam emails generally take the form of HTML messages designed to
resemble official Citibank correspondence, complete with authentic
looking logos. The emails cover a range of subjects, including
"Account Updates", information on "Security Updates" and "Banking
alert confirmations". Links included in the emails lead to a bogus
website that looks like the real Citibank site and requests victims
to provide account numbers, passwords and other personal
Citibank has comprehensive information
about these scam emails,
including examples, on their website. (Click on the "Consumer Alert" link).
As a rule of thumb, be wary of any email that asks you to provide
sensitive personal information such as banking details. Most
legitimate companies would not request such information from
customers via a method as potentially insecure as email. If you
have any doubts at all about the veracity of the email, contact
the company directly.
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen