August 20, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL ALERTS CONSUMERS TO E-MAIL SCAM
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. is warning Marylanders to beware of
a fraudulent e-mail that threatens Citibank customers that their
checking accounts will be shut down unless they provide their Social
e-mail appears to come from Citibank and concerns "Your Checking
Account at Citibank." It links to a website that resembles
Citibank's and asks customers to provide their Social Security numbers.
Citibank has warned that the e-mail is a scam and that it is working
with law enforcement, but that none of its systems have been compromised.
Citibank has warned any customers who receive the e-mail to delete
Attorney General's Office had heard from some Marylanders who received
the e-mail but did not fall for the ruse.
we must all be on guard against scam artists who are using clever
e-mails to trick us into revealing sensitive information online,"
Curran said. "Whenever you receive an e-mail that asks for
sensitive information, be very skeptical. Don't respond to the e-mail,
but contact the company by another means that you know to be legitimate,
such as a customer service number, to verify whether the e-mail
is actually from that company."