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Thursday, July 29, 2004
  A little admin and scam exposure

I am posting today, because I'm waiting for a response from the army on how much funding is available to pursue the research. No sense in writing a proposal for $300K if the budget only has $30k in it.

I've also been remiss in adding some of the links I planned to, but between my parent's visit and having the grandson and his mother here.

Just got a call from a contractor. Looks like I might get an opportunity to see Iraq first hand. I'll know more next week.

On to the latest attempt to part me from my money via email. So,

Dear Mr Wilbur Craig,
Head of Citi>? Identity Theft Solutions,

Sir, you as so many others in the recent past, have assumed that I am a complete idiot, or you would not send me such worthless drivel, as the following:
Status: U
Received: from adsl-65-66-225-241.dsl.crchtx.swbell.net ([])
by montgomery.mail.atl.earthlink.net (EarthLink SMTP Server) with SMTP id 1bQawA6H43Nl3qB0
Thu, 29 Jul 2004 09:00:38 -0400 (EDT)
Received: from d7.curdle0.support970@citibank.com ([])
NIC says it belongs to Amateur Radio Digital Communications
NetType: Direct Assignment
NameServer: NS1.NOSC.MIL
NameServer: DNS.IARC.ORG
Updated: 2002-10-24

Wilbur, I find it interesting that Citi-Bank would route its customer communications through a HamRadio outfit attached to the University of California, San Diego, don't you agree? Also, I don't get that warm fuzzy feeling when you do not refer to me by name in correspondance.
by localhost (zuupcd2201) with ESMTP
id <447506591476024433035wcxgj5689r>; Thu, 29 Jul 2004 16:11:17 +0200
From: "Citi Identity Theft Solutions"
To: philipp@chlston.mindspring.com
Message-ID: []>
NIC lists as SBC Internet Services, and GeoBytes puts the server in Corpus Christi, TX.
Subject: Citi: PIN Update!
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 15:12:17 +0100
Message-Id: <320388202094126974.5.464@fppsdx-fg92.localhost>
MIME-Version: 1.0

[Image ignored]

Recently there have been a large number of identity theft attempts targeting Citibank customers. In order to safeguard your account, we require that you update your Citibank ATM/Debit card PIN.
Well, Wilbur, that's pretty interesting, isn't it. I mean, I don't have a Citibank ATM/Debit card, much less a PIN for one. You'd think a company like Citi-Bank would know what kind of card I possess, especially since I get billed by you people on a monthly basis.
This update is requested of you as a precautionary measure against fraud.
NO. NO. NO. This isn't "a precautionary measure against fraud", Wilbur, this is the first step in perpetrating fraud.
Please note that we have no particular indications that your details have been compromised in any way.
Wilbur, this is code for "please don't notify anyone at Citi-Bank that I am trying to steal money out of your bank account via your debit card".
This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account may be subject to temporary suspension.
What the hell does "within the nearest time" mean, Wilbur? I mean, I know the American education level is horrible, but I'm willing to bet Citi-Bank can afford to hire people who can write in English.

Now comes the best part:
Please make sure you have your Citibank ATM/Debit card and recent statement at hand.
To securely update your Citibank ATM/Debit card PIN please go to:

https://www.citibank.com/signin/citifi/scripts/login2/update_pin.jsp [links to]
Wilbur, did you know that GeoBytes puts in Shenzhen, China, in the Guangdong Province? Now isn't that interesting? The message comes in via a HamRadio Organization in California, and I'm supposed to send my account and PIN numbers to you in China??? I mean, I know out sourcing exists, but somehow, I don't think Citi-Bank will want me to send my financial information to you in China. In fact, I don't think Citi-Bank wants their customers to respond with their financial information to an unsolicited email.
Please note that this update applies to your Citibank ATM/Debit card - which is linked directly to your checking account, not Citibank credit cards.
Of course you don't want my credit card information, Wilbur. You'd have to leave a serious electronic trail if you used my credit card. And then, based on my credit card agreement, Citi-Bank would bring the forces of the law to your doorstep. Just wiping out my bank account is so much safer, as the responibility is mine, and you are counting on the fact that I can't afford to bring that level of pressure to bear.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and thank you for using Citibank!


Wilbur Craig
Head of Citi>? Identity Theft Solutions

[Image ignored]
Copyright 2004 Citicorp. All rights reserved.
Do not reply to this email as it is an unmonitored alias.
I'm sure it's an un-monitored alias. Wilbur, that is the only true statement you've made. What the hell? Head of Citi>? Identity Theft Solutions, somehow, again,I think Citi-Bank can afford a proof reader before sending out crap like this to their customers.

Wilbur, I am now hoping, since this blog does occasionally receive traffic from governmental authorities, that this missive will lead to your eventual incarceration in a Chinese prison. And not just because your are trying to steal from me, but also because this is such a horrible attempt to do so. Really, I think who ever you hired to write this shlock is probably your first cousin's first son on your accursed mother's side. Really, I think it best you quit the nepotism, and hire a pro. But than, a pro probably wouldn't have much to do with an amaturish outfit like yours.


Rick Pietz 
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