The email message below with the subject: "Qantas Flights Held in Credit IAWLFR [Email Ref: 170215-000310," is a fake and has a virus or Trojan horse attached to it that will infect your Windows computer if you open it. The message was not sent by Australian airline Qantas, but by cyber-criminals, who designed it to trick the curious recipients into opening the malicious attachment.
Again, the email message is a fake and the attachment is not a document, but a virus or Trojan horse that will infect a computer if the computer user attempts to open it.
The Fake and Virus Qantas Email Message
Subject: Qantas Flights Held in Credit IAWLFR [Email Ref: 170215-000310
Attachment: Qantas Flights_cancelled.PDF_.zip
We are writing to let you know that your flights have been cancelled as requested, and the fare value of your ticket has been placed in a stored credit for you.
Here are the details of your stored credit:
This stored credit may be used towards payment of a new ticket of equal or higher fare value provided this meets the conditions of the new fare. The new fare might be higher than the original fare, depending on the fares available. If changed for a higher fare, the difference between the original fare and the new fare and applicable taxes must be paid in addition to any change fee. Taxes are also subject to change any difference will be charged to your Card upon your new booking.
Thank you for your Card Membership.
The attachment "Qantas Flights_cancelled.PDF_.zip", contains the malicious file "Qantas Flights_cancelled.PDF_.exe".
If the malicious file is open, the recipients' computers will get infected with a virus or Trojan horse.
Once the recipients' computers have become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of their computers remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on them, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal their personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened anyone of these malicious attachments, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.
Never open an attachment that has a name ending with “.exe”, because these are computer programs that can infect your computer with a virus or some other malware.
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