Banking scam revealed

Thursday, 13 November 2003, 1:26 PM EST

Not all people that send undesirable email (spam) are the same. Their motives differ as greatly as their tools and technical abilities. This document uncovers a spam gang who seeks to acquire your banking information, and the response from one of the targeted victims: Citibank.

This document describes the unique bulk-mailing tool used for recent rash of financial email scams. These scams target financial entities such as Citibank, Wells Fargo, Halifax Bank, eBay, and Yahoo. Only one specific spam gang uses this tool for these financial scams. This spam gang started slow with only a few members, but has increased in both gang membership and spam volume.

All emails and headers are provided unmodified with the following exception: all personal information has been modified to protect the identity of the recipient. These modifications are denoted with bold and underlined typeset. Every effort has been made to retain the same data format without disclosing personal information. For data taken from the public domain, such as newsgroup postings and messages from open forums, no effort has been made to modify the data or protect the publicly disclosed recipient.

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