Some days back, I received this e-mail with the following contents:

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 19:53:53 -0500
From: “Citibank”
To: “Indianmagique”
Subject: Citibank E-mail Verification:

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.

To verify your e-mail address and access your bank 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.

Thank you for using Citibank!

This automatic email sent to:
Do not reply to this email.

R_CODE: w8IBKMuFgQLbuKNlxa94

As the mail asked me to provide the ATM Debit Card number and PIN, I forwarded the same to the CITIBANK customer service department for verification. Here is their mail, clearly stating the first mail was a FAKE!

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 14:22:48 +0530
From: “” Add to Address Book
Subject: RE:{Citibank#528-470}Citibank E-mail Verification:
To: “Nakul Shenoy”

Dear Mr Shenoy

Thank you for appraising us of this communication. We would like to formally inform you that this is not a genuine Citibank communication ID & therefore confirm that the mail has not been sent by Citibank. Hence we request you to delete the same.

You are advised not to respond with any information & you are also advised not to click on the links in that mail.

For regular customer service & any information that you would require, you may please write to us at

Warm Regards


Manager – Customer Service

Do take care… AND DO NOT CLICK the link if you ever get any such mail… Report the matter to CITIBANK…


1 Comment

  1. This is a common spam, with banks, credit cards, Pay Pal, eBay, etc. No organization you’d want to trust your money to would send out a letter liek that.

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