American Airlines Sent You a Flight Confirmation and Ticket – Phishing! & Possible Virus!

Summary of eRumor:


This email claims to come from American Airlines and appears to be a flight confirmation.  Some of the emails offer the ticket through a link to a web site and others have a zip file attachment.

The Truth:

American Airlines posted a warning on its web site advising computer users to watch out for such fraudulent emails.   Most are phishing scams that ask readers for personal or financial information.  The airline displayed several examples of the hoax emails on their site:  Click for American Airlines site.

TruthOrFiction.Com has learned that similar emails are circulating where the zipped file attached actually contains a virus.

This serves as a good reminder to keep virus protection up to date and never open attachments in emails from strangers.

updated 01/05/12

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


ELECTRONIC 350559082
DATE & TIME / JANUARY 12, 2012, 10:53 AM
ARRIVING / Phoenix

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

Thank you for your attention.
American Airlines.