If you use a computer regularly you know there are dastardly people -- and groups of people -- out there who try to access your personal information via the keyboard from time to time.
This has been called Phishing, cleverly worded and designed email message meant to get an unsuspecting user to click on an embedded link and unwitting launch software capable of finding and transmitting personal data back to the scammer.
The latest scam to make the rounds is currently flooding inboxes and targets frequent fliers: it's an itinerary for a fake US Airways flight.
The scam involves an e-mail containing a phony itinerary for a flight reservation
the recipient never actually made. The email contains a link to "check-in" online
for the flight, a fake confirmation code, and flight details. The phishing scam
is deceiving because it looks authentic, right down to the US Airways logo.
Airline officials remind customers that official e-mails often include personal information such as their name and Dividend Miles number. However, their Web Check-in e-mails will not contain a name, but will have a valid confirmation code that will either be alphanumeric or all letters.
If you receive the e-mail:
* Check any links by hovering your mouse pointer over the link to identify the URL.
A legitimate link will have a URL with "usairways.com."
* Do not click on any links or download any attachments.
* Delete the e-mail.