Email scammers using airline etickets as bait

Email scammers using airline etickets as bait

Bogus airline emails are something to watch out for, along with those supposedly from banks and courier companies.

At first glance the picture below looks a legtimate eticket confirmation from an airline.

But what you are looking at is a scam. Scammers are increasingly using travel-related emails as bait, according to security software company Bitdefender.
 
The company is warning of a growing incidence of fake airline confirmation or receipt emails.
 
The emails are used to deliver malware to unsuspecting recipients, either in the form of malicious attachments or links to web pages that have been designed or hijacked to deliver malware.
 
The “Your eTicket” email. According to Bitdefender, the attached file contains a Trojan with ability to "mess" with the user's operating system. [Source: Bitdefender)
 
One of the recent campaigns used the subject 'Your eTicket' and carried what was said to be "your eTicket... as a PDF document" but was really a zip archive containing a "very dangerous" piece of malware.
 
The bogus US Airways campaign ('Your US Airways flight') linked to web pages variously delivering advertising or malware.
 
Delta and US Airlines are targeted most commonly, according to Bitdefender.
 
Another example. Watch out for emails asking to confirm flight codes, warns Bitdefender.
 
We note Delta offers some of the cheapest fares between Sydney and Los Angeles  - so if you're a budget-conscious trans-Pacific business traveller, be vigilant.
 
Bitdefender didn't provide examples of Australians or Australian airlines being specifically targeted. Still, it shows bogus airline emails are something to watch out for, along with those supposedly from banks and courier companies.

Source: Copyright © BIT (Business IT). All rights reserved.

See more about:  plane  |  eticket  |  scam  |  spam  |  security  |  eticket  |  delta
 
 

Readers of this article also read...

Federal Budget 2013: So what are you going to be required to pay? 

Federal Budget 2013: So what are you going to be required to pay?

 
Lenovo Thinkpad Helix: Is this the future of business laptops? 

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix: Is this the future of business laptops?

 
How the NBN has (actually) changed my life 

How the NBN has (actually) changed my life

 
Need to type up a business report on an iPad? Try iA Writer 

Need to type up a business report on an iPad? Try iA Writer

 
Buying a laptop or tablet in 2013: handy 60-second breakdown of all the options 

Buying a laptop or tablet in 2013: handy 60-second breakdown of all the options

 
Sign up to the BIT newsletter!
Our newsletter gives you the tech advice you need to make the right decisions for your small and medium business.

Latest Comments

Latest articles on iTnewsLatest iTnews Articles
TeleChoice forced to compensate customers over 2014 data breach
1 Jul 2016
Privacy Commissioner rules on complaints.
Oracle ordered to pay HP $4bn in Itanium server suit
1 Jul 2016
Software giant pledges to appeal.
Telstra buys into $45m Tassie deal with Inabox HCS acquisition
30 Jun 2016
Will take over whole-of-govt voice services.
Telstra network outage strikes business customers
30 Jun 2016
Telco troubles continue on heels of network investment.