Fake Ticketmaster Purchase Order Email Contains Malware
Email purporting to be from large ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster thanks you for purchasing tickets and advises you to open an attached file to review order details.
The email is not from Ticketmaster and the attachment does not contain ticket order details. In fact, the attached .zip file hides a dangerous executable file that, if opened, can install malware on your computer. The malware files attempt to masquerade as innocuous PDFs.
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Subject: International Express-Ticketmaster
Thank you for purchasing tickets on Ticketmaster.
Your order number for this purchase is 89-25628/AUS.Complete order detail is attached to this e-mail.
You will receive your tickets via: International Express-Ticketmaster will mail these within 2 business days of the booking. Tickets usually arrive within 10 working days of posting.
Total Charge: AU $121.80
Thank you for adding Event Ticket Insurance to your order. You will be billed AU $13.00 (AU $6.50 per ticket) separately.
Please note: for any ticket-related issues, please continue to contact Ticketmaster Customer Service.
Thanks again for using Ticketmaster.
Note: Email contains an attachment named: 'This_is_your_ticket_ticketmaster_pdf.zip
'Ticketmaster' Email Claims to Contain Ticket Purchase Information
This email, which purports to be from ticket sales and distribution company, Ticketmaster, thanks you for your ticket purchase and advises that your tickets will be mailed within two business days.
The email quotes the price of the purchased tickets and claims that you can review details of the ticket order by opening an attached file.
Email is Not From Ticketmaster - Attachment Contains Malware
However, the email is not from Ticketmaster. It is an attempt by online criminals to trick you into installing malware on your computer.
The criminals hope that users will be panicked into opening the attached file because they think that their credit card has been fraudulently used to purchase expensive tickets.
If you open the attached .zip file, a malicious .exe or .pif file will be revealed. If you then open this file, malware will be installed on your computer.
The actual malware payload may vary. Typically, however, such malware can steal sensitive information such as passwords from your computer, download other types of malware, and allow criminals to control your computer from afar.
Details, such as the supposed cost of the tickets, may vary in different incarnations of the scam message.
Ticketmaster has warned customers about such scam emails via an entry on its FAQ
If you receive one of these fake Ticketmaster emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.
Last updated: January 29, 2015
First published: January 29, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen