spam claiming to be upgrade notification

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  1. HubletUAFlyer

    HubletUAFlyer Gold Member

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    Anyone else get this?

    My personal email account (the one on my United profile) received an email in the inbox from United Airlines Inc, titled

    "Elite Upgrade Notification"

    Body of email stated

    You've been upgraded to Las Vegas (LAS) on wed aug 11. Your new seat is 13F. Attached is a recap of your flight information.


    Attached was a file named "flight.document upgrade"

    Obvious spam and I didn't open it...Just curious if anyone else received this little gift?
     
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  2. Flyer1976
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    I haven't but I'd be extremely suspicious of any e-mail saying I've been upgraded to 13F to Vegas. ;)
     
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  3. IDGflygirl
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    Did you check your PNR to see if the upgrade was there?
     
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  4. HubletUAFlyer

    HubletUAFlyer Gold Member

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    Didn't click the attachment and I have zero flights booked to or through LAS.


    Interestingly got a second spam email with a separate seat identified n the same routing
     
  5. IDGflygirl
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    oh dear!:eek:
     
  6. Captain Oveur
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    Nowadays, any notice from United claiming a complimentary upgrade having cleared is suspicious.
     
  7. genemk2

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    Might even be a phishing attempt, if they know you fly United. Corporate espionage?
     
  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Aug 11 isn't even a Wednesday ;)
     
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  9. KenInEscazu

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    Spammers know that somebody on their list will be absent minded, have a trip to Vegas planned for August, not pay attention to the dates and open it hoping for some good news. The possible results are quite varied, but none of them are good. Even having opened it confirms to the spammers that your email address is valid and in use, so they can now sell it to other spammers. Prepare for the onslaught.

    I'm hoping that this is a coincidence. You being a UA flyer and the email being spammed as coming from UA. That's my bet, as a successful hack of UA's system would have meant that they had access to your itineraries. That was obviously not the case. If UA's system had actually been hacked, we would all be in for a big PITA at best.
     
  10. guberif

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    I agree that the biggest concern to me is the coincidence of UA hack for a UA flyer. Hmmmm.
     
  11. KenInEscazu

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    Yes, but it's like Bank of America email spams. United is currently the biggest airline, so they know that a certain percentage of emails on their list belong to United flyers. They get a guarantee of some opens which confirm the email's validity, then they sell them to people selling snake oil. The attached file probably contains something that tracks one's habits, keystrokes, OS, etc., all of which have varying degrees of value to the criminals behind the hoax.

    Being the owner of an online business, and listening to the stories that my employees tell, I assure you that there are plenty of people out there who would not be allowed to use the internet if a license were required. Of the UA passengers (even some who aren't UA pax) they will get plenty of people opening that file.

    There is no cause for alarm here, however. If I didn't get it, and most others here didn't get it, then the likelihood of it being related to UA's database is very, very small. I will sleep without a worry tonight. :)
     
  12. Misplaced Texan
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    Airline-related spam has been around for quite a while. I used to frequently get "flight change" e-mails from US without having booked a US ticked for many months.

    Curious if this is to your work or personal e-mail? Most of this stuff has come to my work e-mail as it is public and I'm in a profession that implies travel. Fortunately our newer spam filters stop most of this stuff, but for a while it was common.

    Sent from a place using a fruit thing.
     
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  13. stephenbgarvan

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    Got same thing twice today- but not to my main United email address...
     
  14. ella
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    I didn't think United used Row 13 ?
     
  15. KenInEscazu

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    They also don't send attachments with their UG notices. This thing is full of tells.
     
  16. Gargoyle
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    I receive those UA upgrade spams (I've seen 4 or 5 in my spam filters the past week). I've flown two UA segments in the past 10 years.
     
  17. LarryInNYC

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    Got a phish just now purporting to be from the IRS.
     

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