I recently received the fraudulent e-mail message that's copied at the bottom of this post. It has all of the hallmarks of the classic e-mail scam:
· It references “my recent purchase,” but I haven't purchased any tickets on Delta.
· "Joe Abraham" did not send it from a Delta e-mail address.
· It has a ZIP attachment that "Joe" tells me to print.
· It contains grammar mistakes (for example: "We recommend you to print PASSENGER ITINERARY RECEIPT and take it alone to the airport.")
· It contains the promise of something for nothing. (I didn't buy this ticket, but can I get a free trip if I print out the itinerary and take it to the airport?)
If you've received this e-mail or something like it, tell us about it in the comments section below. If you're not sure what to do with the message, see How to handle suspicious e-mail.
For more information on how to spot classic e-mail scams like this one, see Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mail.
From: Joe Abraham [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:05 AM
To: Marcelle Amelia
Subject: Confirmation of ticket purchase DOW4P5GZSV
Thanks for the purchase!
Booking number: 68Q5R0EPNMTW
You will find attached to this letter PASSENGER ITINERARY RECEIPT of your electronic ticket.
It verifies that you paid the ticket in full and confirms your right for air travel and luggage transportation by the indicated flight Delta Air Lines.
On board you will be offered:
- daily press.
You are guaranteed top-quality services and attention on the part of our benevolent personnel.
We recommend you to print PASSENGER ITINERARY RECEIPT and take it alone to the airport. It will help you to pass control and registration procedures faster.
See you on board!
Delta Air Lines