updated 11/16/2011 4:21:00 PM ET 2011-11-16T21:21:00

Online crooks have launched a phishing campaign using Delta Air Lines as a clever cover to trick you into clicking on dangerous links.

The message confirms a round-trip flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to San Francisco leaving Sunday, Nov. 26, and returning Thursday, Dec. 1. It looks like the confirmation email Delta sends its passengers after they purchase a ticket, and the first four hyperlinks take recipients to Delta's legitimate website, ZDNet reported.

While links in a typical phishing email are nearly all malicious, this devious letter is littered with links that take users to real U.S. Department of Transportation sites like, giving it an extra air of legitimacy. The message contains no typos either, a quality unlike most scam emails.

The link labeled "Check-in online," however, is where the scam takes flight. Those links, as well as the numerous ones following it, redirect traffic to the crooks' Web pages.

Delta is aware of the influx of phony emails, and has issued an advisory on its website warning those who receive the bogus messages to avoid opening any attachments.

"These emails claim that you have purchased a Delta ticket, a credit card has been charged and/or an invoice or receipt is attached to the email," Delta wrote. "If you receive one of these emails, do not open the attachment as it may contain potentially dangerous viruses or harm your computer. Be assured that Delta did not send these emails, and our customers' credit cards have not been charged by Delta as a result of the emails."

If you do fall victim to the phishing scam, Delta recommends changing your SkyMiles account PIN and monitoring your account for any misuse.

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