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Dan_raven
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Today I recieved the following e-mail.

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_Dear CITI_bank Client_,

Thiss mesage was _sent by-the Citibank-Online server_ to
veerify _your email adrress_.
You musst ctleopme this prcesos by clicking on the link
beloow and enntering in the little _window_ your _citibank
ATM Card Number and Card Pin that you use on local Atm.
That is done for your prteoction -K- because some of_our
members no lenogr have acecss to their email addssrees
and we must verify it.

http:______________________(There was a real link listed. For security reasons I removed it from this post)

To veerify _your E-MAIL address and akcess your citi_bank
account, klick on_the link _bellow_.


All spelling, grammar, and _ mistakes are original in the email.

I did not click on the link. I did disable it for this post.

I am guessing this orginated overseas as an attempt to steal my citibank ATM info and all my money.

Who should I report this message to? Is there some FBI internet Fraud unit? Some roving grammar police? Anyone?

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K.A.M.A.
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[Laugh]
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Farmgirl
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Yeah, this is called "Phishing" -- and it has been a REAL pain in the rear for banks like the one I work for.

It is getting much more prevalent all the time.

They play on people's stupidity -- there are actually people who type in their account number and PIN number and "submit" it back to these people! Because it says they will close or lock up their account if they don't.

We have warnings posted everywhere, and on all our on-line banking pages. But it still scams some.

Farmgirl

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Addendum -- and usually they misspell that badly too!

You might want to let Citibank know you received one of these. Most financial institutions have departments that are tracking this type of fraud, and they like to know which customers were targeted.

FG

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Not to mention, by spelling so poorly, they tend to get around spam filters.

-Bok

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Isn't citibank prevalent enough that they can just mass mail it?
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Yeah, I was going to say that the misspelling and tossing in of unrelated words, often hidden by being a different color or behind an image or too small, to get past spam filters as well. Most such emails are in html format, and you can see all the stuff they are using to sneak by the filters. When you get these kinds of emails, alert the Federal Trade Commission about it. They have jurisdiction to actually do something more than just try to avoid it. Here is their complaint form.

[ January 29, 2004, 10:57 AM: Message edited by: Argèn†~ ]

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I just got a letter from somewhere in Spain saying I won their lottery (which I didn't even enter) and they're sorry they didn't tell me before because they got the numbers mixed up, but if I could just provide my SSN, bank account number and routing number, they'll deposit my $615,873 dollars right away...

Just ignore the fact that it's illegal to enter foreign lotteries.

So stupid.

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I would almost say that people who are stupid enough to fall for this stuff deserve it, but I guess that is not true. It might be funny to go and enter some randomly different number, though. [Dont Know]
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quote:
UN Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland


Attention Beneficiary,


How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family.You may not understand
why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 3 months
which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is to
all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world
, the UNITED
NATIONS has agreed to compensate them with the sum of U.S $750,000.00 each and you
have to indicate how much you lost in the hands of scammers.

This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance,Dating and Lottery payment
that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have
had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due
to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we
are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed.

quote:
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General

[ROFL]
It's brilliant in it's own way, scamming people looking for scam compensation.

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Good grief.
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I got one from the head of the FBI:

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FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001 Tel: 203-413-**** w*w.fbi.gov/libref/directors/directmain.htm

Attn: Beneficiary, This is to officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors Claiming to be Mr. Tito Mboweni Republic of the Reserve Bank Governor of South African, Maria Ramos ABSA Bank CEO, Christo Luus General Manager ABSA BANK, none officials of ABSA Bank, FNB Banks, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele FNB, Kevin Chaplin, Dr Danny Jordan CEO of the 2010 FIFA world cup, Dr Irvin Khoza: Chairman, 2010 FIFA organization committee, Joseph S. Blatter FIFA President, Chief Competitions Officer Derek Blanckensee, Chief Security Officer Linda Mti, Chief Financial Officer Farouk Seedat, Chief Communications Officer Richard Mkhondo, Chief Operations Officer Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Chief IT & T Officer Phumlani Moholi, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Derek Carstens, Chief Transport and Logistics Officer Skhumbuzo Macozoma, are Impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau of Investigatio The World Bank, FBI and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our contractors/inheritance beneficiary to receive their funds without any interference. The ATM Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully. Name: Charles Perry: [URL=http://www.ups.com]www.ups.com Tracking Number: 1Z0615010195574109 ************************* Name: Dayle Kline: [URL=http://www.ups.com]www.ups.com Tracking Number: 1Z0615010195264319 ************************* Name :Sharon Lee McCarty UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40192092398 (www.ups.com) ************************* Name: Angie Moore UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40194678976(www.ups.com) Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD. Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens, European Citizens, Asian Citizen and UK. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER Via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $300.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction and I give you my word that I will send the 300 dollars when I receive my next Social security check for the SS. Administration CONTACT INFORMATION NAME: Mr. John Williams EMAIL: johnwilliams20@att.net Telephone Numbers: + 234-708-480-**** Do contact Mr. John Williams of the ATM CARD center with your details: So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment Informations which you'll use in making the payment of $300.00 via Money Gram Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the Delivery of your ATM CARD will be affected to your designated home Address without any further delay. Mr. John Williams will reply you with the secret code (3898 ATM CARD). We advice you get back to the payment office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you. Thanks and hope to read from you soon. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. Robert S. Mueller, III Director Since September 4, 2001- Present Note: Do dis-regard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in Possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advised only to be in contact with Mrs. Jacob Michelle of the ATM CARD center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation and throw these Rats into jail and let them rot there until hell freezes over

The best part was the email addy...it was "info@fbi.usa.gov" which looks real, but the real one is "fbi.gov", no "usa".

I filed a complaint with the fbi internet crime division, but nothing happened as far as I know.

[ August 15, 2011, 02:27 PM: Message edited by: Stone_Wolf_ ]

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Nike Shoxair found himself staring at the dread Nigerian 419.

"You musst ctleopme this prcesos by clicking on the link!" Beloowed the terrible Nigerian. Nike wondered — would he lenogr have acecss? Would his addssrees be safe?

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2004 doesn't seem like that long ago until you realize phishing was a new thing and it was seven years ago.
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My Spam filter actually caught this one. Probably because it's fairly literate. I love that fact that he is just waiting at the airport for me.

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FROM :DIPLOMATIC AGENT

I am a Diplomat named Mr.James Jerry,mandated to deliver your inheritance to you in your country of residence, The funds total US$35 Million and you were made the beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing over the funds to you in accordance with the Agreement I signed with the benefactor when he enlisted my assistance in delivering the funds to you.

I am presently at JFK Airport in the United States of America and before I can deliver the funds to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that I am dealing with the right person

1.Full Name:
2.Residential Address:
3.Age:
4.Occupation: Police Dispatch
5.Direct Telephone:

After verification of the information with what I have on file,I shall contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be bringing your package to your residential address.

Send the requested information so that we can proceed.

Regards
Mr.James Jerry




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I fill out stuff with "Stone" as my first name and "Wolf" as my last, so I always love when I get notes like:

"Mr. Wolf, the FBI is looking to your actions." or "Hey, what up Stone, I haven't heard from you in years!"

It helps to filter the crap.

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quote:
Originally posted by PSI Teleport:
I just got a letter from somewhere in Spain saying I won their lottery (which I didn't even enter) and they're sorry they didn't tell me before because they got the numbers mixed up, but if I could just provide my SSN, bank account number and routing number, they'll deposit my $615,873 dollars right away...

Just ignore the fact that it's illegal to enter foreign lotteries.

So stupid.

Evidently I have an ENORMOUS inheritance waiting for me from a long lost distant unknown relative in a foreign land. This friendly lawyer who emailed me just needs my bank account number and social security number so he can deposit this gigantic fortune directly into my account.

The only reason I haven't done it is because I fear that having such a fortune might change me in negative ways. But boy oh boy, knowing its waiting for me makes me feel like Bill Murray in Caddyshack. "So, I got that goin for me. Which is nice."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x-nQ-vPw5k

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Just one enormous inheritance? How sad. I've got millions coming from like 19 Nigerian government officials, 14 foreign lottery wins, and too many bank managers and assorted functionaries to count.
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Man, people who you've never met must love you like crazy. Right before they die.
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Hey! I just figured out why people with no discernible likelihood of inheriting anything are so against the estate tax!
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
Nike Shoxair found himself staring at the dread Nigerian 419.

"You musst ctleopme this prcesos by clicking on the link!" Beloowed the terrible Nigerian. Nike wondered — would he lenogr have acecss? Would his addssrees be safe?

Or:
Nike Shoxair found himself staring at the dread Nigerian 419.

"You musst ctleopme this prcesos by clicking on the link!" Beloowed the terrible Nigerian. Nike wondered — "Uh, what?"

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Some people can even be talked into western unioning thousands of dollars to people they have never met in other countries, apparently in the hopes of getting some promised compensation. The last customer we had to tell she was being scammed (after she already sent over 4,000) was very mad at us for stopping her, as we were keeping her from getting her money.
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Somebody tried to scam me once with one of those scams where they send you fake cashier's checks for a larger amount than you asked for, and then they want you to send them back the excess.

This scammer was so lazy, they sent me the email asking for the money before they even sent the fake checks. I never received any checks, and of course I never gave them any money.

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The weird thing is today I'm working on the taxes for that Russian real estate investor that left my husband executor of his estate.

He was a good friend, but it sounds so much like an email scam.

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quote:
Originally posted by odouls268:
Man, people who you've never met must love you like crazy. Right before they die.

I'm surprised the FBI hasn't come knocking on my door.

"Sir... We have reports of several hundred people that have listed you as their sole beneficiary shortly before their death. You'll have to come with us and answer a few questions."

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quote:
Hello its me lewis siddiqui i'm one of your twitter friends i got your email last thursday from twitter..I have something to tell you someone's posting your photo on twitter...I think someone attempt to imitate your account.....I suggest you to examine his fake twitter here just click the twitter logo..Forgive me for my poor english...

Sent via Ipad 3:32 19

Trendy spammers!
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I got a letter from the "State Treasurer" claiming that they have "unclaimed" money for me, which I could "claim" for free by filling out a simple form. I checked the "official" web site for the treaury department in my state and I was listed there, but I'm not fooled that easily. What do they take me for?
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You learn 'em Dobbie!
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