Many people have been reporting receiving an email that appears to come from Delta Airlines that either confirms an airline ticket, indicates a credit card has been charged or an invoice is attached. Contained within the phony email that did not originate with Delta Airlines are links that the email says are provided if you need to contact Delta about anything regarding the information contained in the email. The temptation, of course is to immediately click on the link to contact Delta to correct whatever mistake was made. This, however, would be a real mistake because by clicking on the link in the phony email, you would either unwittingly download a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information on your computer and make you a victim of identity theft or it will take you to another website through a technique called “phishing” where you would be asked for personal information that would be used to make you a victim of identity theft.
Never click on a link in an email or download an attachment unless you are absolutely positive that it is legitimate. In this case, Delta is advising its customers who receive such an email to change their SkyMiles account and PIN as well as to monitor their account for signs of hacking. If you ever receive an email such as this, you can never be sure of from whom the email came so if you have any questions whatsoever, you should contact Delta or whatever other company from which you receive a similar email to confirm the legitimacy or in this case, the phoniness of the email.