Fake email from American Airlines


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Today's fake / scam / virus email is from "American Airlines service.id3097@aa.com".


From: service.id3097@aa.com
Subject: Order#3293501

Hello

FLIGHT NUMBER A842BA
ELECTRONIC 490963227
DATE & TIME / JANUARY 10, 2012, 10:53 PM
ARRIVING / Cleveland
TOTAL PRICE / 183.14 USD

Please find your ticket attached.
To use your ticket you should print it.

Thank you for using our airline company services.
American Airlines

 

The email also contains Ticket.ZIP which when unzipped is Ticket_AA.exe


 

Just like all the other fake emails, this one contains a Trojan horse program, Ticket_AA.exe, which if you run, you will wish you hadn't.  The tipoff's that should help you realize that it's not real are:

  • you probably aren't actually flying to Cleavland
  • you probably didn't order anything from American Airlines in the last 24 hours
  • as with most of these fake emails, the English is poorly written
  • the email contains a ZIPped .EXE file - no company will ever email you an unsolicited .EXE or .ZIP file - NEVER open ZIP or .EXE files from email

If you received an email like this from American Airlines, delete it.

 

 

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Re: Fake email from American Airlines

We just bought airline tickets, but not to this destination, so thought I got hacked somehow with online credit card info. I saw it on my phone, and since the laptop was right in front of me double checked on the computer. Clicked before I realized it wasn't addressed to a name, and immediately started hitting the "close window 'x'." Running late for work, in a hurry not thinking! It downloaded the zip file, but I'm not making the mistake of clicking on it to open.

My McAfee is scanning a normal scheduled scan (good timing), what else should I do? Will deleting be enough, or should I choose to "Shred with McAfee?" I'm usually SO good about watching for this stuff---ARGHHH!

Any help will be most appreciated Smile

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Re: Fake email from American Airlines

as long as you did not actually open/run the attachment, just delete it, and the email, and go about your business - no harm done Smile

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Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Thank you.....MUCH relief. Thank you.
Buzz (not verified)
Re: Fake email from Delta Airlines

This is what I received:

Hello,

E-TICKET NUMBER / EH303383727
SEAT / 54A/ZONE 3
DATE / TIME 2 AUGUST, 2012, 12:25 PM
ARRIVING / Aurora
FORM OF PAYMENT / XXXXXX
TOTAL PRICE / 213.72 USD
REF / EF.9959 ST / OK
BAG / 7PC

Your ticket is attached.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you for using our airline company services.
Delta Air Lines.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
I just got the same email, and it was in the same form, and asked me to download the ticket as well. I did not open it. Thank goodness for this site, you guys saved my computer!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines

These are still going out. This is the one my wife got today:

Dear Customer,

ELECTRONIC TICKET / 3 127 1115299976 3
SEAT / 66A/ZONE 1
DATE / TIME 09 JUNE, 2012, 10:47 PM
ARRIVING / St.Louis
FORM OF PAYMENT / CC
TOTAL PRICE / 321.21 USD
REF / OE4478 ST / OK
BAG / 2PC

Please find your ticket attached.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you
American Airlines.

mention (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Ȕber lololol at the mac user. Macs are just as much of a target as actual comnputers. Even more so for scams as iProducts are just expensive shop fronts these days.
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Re: Fake email from American Airlines
I got this e-mail was worried about identity theft. Clicked on it and knew i shouldn't have immediately. Norton caught some of the problem, but not all of it three days after opening that damn e-mail i'm screwed. Now my lap top is fried Sad... it wiped out everything from the start menu, emptied all of the program file folders disabled task manager, sends false critical error messages and urges you to buy some bs pc system scanner. Not even going to bother trying to wipe up this mess. going to restore from safe mode and then scan from safe mode with anti virus software. Anyone have other suggestions?
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American Airlines email virus
Anonymous Visitor wrote:

Anyone have other suggestions?

Get a Mac and not worry or fuss with this stuff anymore Smile
Short of that, if the "restore from safe mode" doesnt do the trick then a full nuke and reinstall should do the trick!

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
They are also running that looks like this....

Internal Revenue Service - Last Notice

Tax notice,

The analysis of the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity has indicated that

you are entitled to receive a tax refund of $382.34

Please submit a request of the tax refund and a processing of the request will take 7-14 days.

A tax refund can be delayed by different reasons.

For instance submission of invalid records or sending after the deadline.

Please find the form of your tax refund attached and fill out it and send a report.

Yours sincerely,

IRS.

Tax_Rufund.zip attached file is same size as the first American Airlines e-mail I got.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines

I am really glad you have posted about this - was worried in case someone was buying tickets using a hacked account or whatever (had problems with paypal once) - just got the following e-mail ... am in the UK:

Dear Customer,

FLIGHT NUMBER AB711
ELECTRONIC 2814117
DATE & TIME / JANUARY 30, 2012, 09:11 AM
ARRIVING / Huntington Beach
TOTAL PRICE / 122.12 USD

Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you for your attention.

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email from American Airlines
Anonymous Visitor wrote:

Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document.
You can print your ticket.

Dead giveaway - 5th grade grammar is always the tip-off! I swear if these scammers ever buy a $19 grammar checker, we're all in big trouble.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: email from American Airlines
Indeed - however find I get used to mangled english from all over the world these days....
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
It's still making the rounds. Got this today: From: American Airlines Hello FLIGHT NUMBER A842BA ELECTRONIC 810513305 DATE & TIME / JANUARY 26, 2012, 12:44 PM ARRIVING / Tallahassee TOTAL PRICE / 324.22 USD Please find your ticket attached. You can print your ticket. Thank you for using our airline company services. American Airlines.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Does American have a baggage fee like Delta? Bloodsuckers.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Just received the below e-mail. Did not open the attached "ticket" as this seemed to be a sketchy message. Dear Customer, FLIGHT NUMBER A842BA ELECTRONIC 416696658 DATE & TIME / JANUARY 26, 2012, 12:44 AM ARRIVING / Mesa TOTAL PRICE / 389.35 USD Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document. You can print your ticket. Thank you for using our airline company services. American Airlines.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
I got one of these and tried to open the zip file but couldn't. Does that mean I now have a virus?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines

You opened the zip file in an unsolicited email?  Congratulations! Look under your pillow in the morning - there will be airline tickets to Acapulco.  No - actually most of these are duds.  I have a virtual machine that I routinely self-infect to keep my claws sharpened for quick removal of different types of malware and many of these exe's going around are inert.  My guess is that the attachments are rendered impotent by someone's protection before they get to me.

The ones where the email presents a web link in hopes that a gullible clicker falls for the bait... those are deadly so try to contain your curiosity or you will likely land on a page where a malware tripwire lays in wait.  Then you need to decide who to pay.

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Re: Fake email from American Airlines

It's certainly possible! If you use Windows you should always have an up to date antivirus program to protect you. If you use a Mac, you don't have to worry about it.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Thanks - I am a mac user, so no worries.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines

Thanks - I got one too. Same flight number but slightly different details:

Dear Customer,

FLIGHT NUMBER A842BA
ELECTRONIC 719282206
DATE & TIME / JANUARY 27, 2012, 10:53 PM
ARRIVING / Aurora
TOTAL PRICE / 199.12 USD

Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you for using our airline company services.
American Airlines.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines

When one finally has me in first-class I'm clickin' that sucker!

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Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Anonymous Visitor wrote:

..

Your bought ticket is attached to the letter as a scan document.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you for using our airline company services.
American Airlines.

These guys really need to invest in a proof-reader/grammar checker..

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Got one too.Thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Thanks, I was worried tht someone got my credit info.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Got one this morning too... was even more suspicious since they sent it to my really old email address that I don't use anymore.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Malware removal business is going to be good in 2012.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
Thank you for sharing this. I got a fake email from aa.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Fake email from American Airlines
I got the same one this morning! Thanks god!

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