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updated 10/17/2012 3:16:46 PM ET 2012-10-17T19:16:46

A new scam that invokes a carbon copy of a real British Airways email in order to infect computers with a Trojan is making its way into victims' electronic inboxes.

Obviously, the emails are not from British Airways. If you received a ticket for travel you didn't book, you should ignore it. Some things in this world are too good to be true — and free airfare is one of them.

Hackers simply copied the email and replaced the attachment with their own malicious one and gave it a benign name: "BritishAirways-eticket.zip." The Trojan inside could open up back doors on infected computers allowing hackers to take control or steal information. Sophos said they recognize it as Troj/Invo-Zip.

Despite where a message appeared to originate, it can be virtually impossible to tell with certainty. The best defense against email scams is up-to-date antivirus software and a healthy sense of skepticism.

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