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American Airlines E-mail Scam

It didn’t take long for this new years I guess for people attempting to try and scam others with the old e-mail spoofing routines. I got this e-mail that is dressed up in such a way where it made it appear that I have purchased an airline ticket from American Airlines. Attached to it is a file called “” which I would assume the person wants you to open it as it contains a computer trojan/virus. This was the message:

From – Mon Jan 02 13:47:11 2012
X-Account-Key: account6
X-UIDL: 1325516308.18592.pt01
X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
X-Mozilla-Status2: 10000000
Received: (fqmail 18591 invoked from network); 02 Jan 2012 14:58:28 -0000
Received: (qmail 5268 invoked from network); 2 Jan 2012 14:58:27 -0000
Received: from ( [])
by ([])
with ESMTP via TCP; 02 Jan 2012 14:58:27 -0000
Received: from ( [])
by (Postfix) with SMTP id 144142BD
Received: (qmail 68076 invoked by uid 80); 2 Jan 2012 14:58:26 -0000
Date: 2 Jan 2012 14:58:26 -0000
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Your Order#2713747
X-PHP-Script: for
From: “American Airlines”
X-Mailer: lightbulbruffiansof6
Reply-To: “American Airlines”

Mime-Version: 1.0
X-CTCH-Spam: Unknown
X-CTCH-RefID: str=0001.0A020207.4F01C613.002C,ss=1,re=0.000,fgs=0

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit



ELECTRONIC 836950816

DATE & TIME / JANUARY 31, 2012, 10:53 PM

ARRIVING / Tallahassee


Please find your ticket attached.

To use your ticket you should print it.

Thank you for using our airline company services.

American Airlines.

Content-Type: application/octet-stream;name=””

Be smart for the new years and just ignore the e-mail. Otherwise you will probably have one additional computer repair expense. I did find it kind of interesting that in the header of the e-mail under “X-PHP-Script” as you can see it lists a lawyer’s firm. Makes me wonder if they are simply oblivious to this or if someone within their organization had a security mishap.

There are probably going to be a lot more variations of this mail too though so while the information may not be exactly the same just don’t open the attachment. If you are really that paranoid on whether or not this is real then simply check your credit card first.

one Comments to American Airlines E-mail Scam

  • Received 2 of these emails today. They made it past my email filters. I’m older and reading the email scared me. I thought someone had charged flights to my credit card. I tried to open the attachment. Luckily, my computer didn’t have the necessary program to open a .zip file extension. I should not have done that, I know better. I looked at recent charges on-line and there was not a problem. I deleted the emails, searched for information on the Internet and did a virus scan. Thank you, Alan, for posting.

    Deborah 1/6/2012 6:18 pm

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