Travel Tip of the Day: Beware of These Phony Emails

Delta Spam

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Beware of These Phony Emails
I’ve written about all kinds of travel phishing scams (see below) in which the bad guys try to get the good guys’ personal info (usernames, passwords, address lists, etc.). Above is a photo of a new one that ended up in my inbox over the July 4 weekend.

It’s a rather official-looking email from Delta asking:

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Dear SkyMiles Member:

As part of our security measures we regularly screen activity.

Our system requires further account verification.
Please follow homepage to proceed.
(URL WAS HERE BUT I DELETED IT SO YOU WON’T ACCIDENTALLY CLICK IT!)

Delta Air Lines, Inc. Delta Blvd., P.O. Box 20706 Atlanta, GA 30320- 6001.
© 2016 Delta Air Lines, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I almost fell for it since I didn’t think a crook would actually know how to correctly spell Delta Air Lines. Even though it said Delta.com, I hovered over the link and noticed that it was linking to a completely different spam link and not to the Delta website at all! I also knew that if there really were any information that needed to be updated, the safest way for me to do that would be to log into my Delta.com account directly. Once logged in, Delta would most likely have alerted me there.

Don’t fall for these tricks no matter what the email or business is. These scams are getting more and more sophisticated and often look legitimate so be sure to double-check links before clicking on them and before giving out any of your account information.

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1 Comment on "Travel Tip of the Day: Beware of These Phony Emails"

  1. I always hover over the email to make sure my response is going where its supposed – but sometimes the hacker actually has captured someone’s email. This has happened twice. Once when the user had to have knowledge of advanced programs (they are novices) and last week. In the first case I emailed back because it was a legitimate email and received a response – but not from the owner of the email The second time I emailed the person in a new email to check with her and found out it was bogus.

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