Note to con artist spammer: spell-check & grammar are not to be ignored

I used to have a Citibank Credit Card. I never gave them my email address. In fact, I paid off and cancelled the account last year. I just got an email from them… ish.

I’ve recently noticed how some spammers are using actual graphics from legitimate companies (like Amazon and Paypal) to add perceived legitimacy to their phishing/spamming campaigns. This one from * cough * Citibank is no different.

I once read a paragraph (and if I could find it, I’d post it) that was made up entirely of typographical errors. Nearly all people (strangely enough, they didn’t test it on mice) read the text with accurate comprehension despite the glaring misspellings. It is due to this quirk of the brain that I can only guess that this * cough * Citibank message will have an appalling success rate.

Just a note to the gullible trusting souls out there: trust nothing in your inbox from anyone claiming to be your financial institution. Ever. If it needs attention or clarification – call them or go directly to their website without using any links from the email. Just because an email looks like a duck and walks like a duck, doesn’t mean it is a duck. It’s probably just duck-shaped poo with a few feathers stuck on it. Trust me on this.

Anyway, for your amusement and education, I give you the * cough * Citibank email I just received:
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Not a real Citibank email

And for your further interest, look at the link when hovered over. Notice, it’s not the same as what they want you to believe. Subtle, but different. Neato.
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Company name typo in real address

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