Don’t worry; you really don’t have a phantom ticket in your name and your credit card hasn’t been dinged for the price of the ticket.
Fact of the matter is, the email is a fake. It didn’t come from Delta Air Lines, but a spammer that is praying you download the attached file to infect your computer with the malware hiding inside.
Subject: You can download your ticket #NR9318
From: Delta Air Lines (email@example.com)
ELECTRONIC TICKET NUMBER / EH161213460
SEAT / 34F/ZONE 3
DATE / TIME 9 AUGUST, 2012, 10:45 PM
ARRIVING / Minneapolis
FORM OF PAYMENT / XXXXXX
TOTAL PRICE / 283.28 USD
REF / EK.3658 ST / OK
BAG / 4PC
Please find your ticket attached.
To use your ticket you should print it.
Thank you for your attention.
Delta Air Lines.
According to a VirusTotal scan report, only 2/43 antivirus can detect the malware threat – Mal/BredoZp-B (Sophos) – contained within the “Delta_A_Ticket_Print_Document_1896.zip” file attached to the email.
Therefore, if you receive an email similar to the one above, it is strongly recommended that you:
- Do not download or open the attached file.
- Delete the email immediately.
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