CORONA, Calif.—The address was his, but the name on the credit-card offer took Sami Habbas by surprise: "Palestinian Bomber."
"I thought it was a joke or something," said Habbas, 54, a Palestinian American who served in the U.S. Army.
Habbas opened the letter, and the salutation read "Dear Palestinian Bomber."
When he called the company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., provided his ZIP code and invitation number, two operators said to him: "Yes, Mr. Bomber, what can we do for you?"
"It's very upsetting," Habbas said. "I'm not what they are saying, a Palestinian bomber. That's uncalled for. I have a name.
"My name is Sami Habbas."
The information came from a list Chase purchased from a vendor, said Kelly Presta, an executive vice president of Chase Card Services, the credit card line of JPMorgan Chase & Co., which is investigating the incident.
"Although no Chase employee was involved in creating this information, we are embarrassed by this incident and regret that our automatic screening procedures did not catch this erroneous information," Presta said.
Habbas, a grocer who's lived in the U.S. since age 3, doesn't know why he would be singled out or how anyone would even know he has Palestinian heritage. "It just hurt me to think I am discriminated against in my own back yard," he said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., has asked Chase for a formal apology.
"The most important thing is to make sure this doesn't happen again, to any American, regardless of their race or religion," said spokeswoman Sabiha Khan.