Free Airline Ticket Scam

airplane seats 150x150 Free Airline Ticket ScamRecently I got very sick and had to be hospitalized. When I was released after a week, my email inbox was overflowing with strange messages. Like the one from “American Airlines” with a Zip file attached.

Dear Customer,

FLIGHT NUMBER AA779
ELECTRONIC 4318369
DATE & TIME / FEBRUARY 14, 2012, 11:25 AM
ARRIVING / Sacramento
TOTAL PRICE / 222.12 USD

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

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

I wish! Would I rather recuperate in bitter cold Spokane, where we just got another three or four inches of snow, or sunny California, with a ticket I didn’t have to pay for? No contest.

But alas, like my mom used to say, “If it sounds too good to be true…it probably is.”

 This email is a scam, and I knew better than to click on any attachments. Emails like this should be deleted unopened—or forwarded to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.