In case you’ve been in social media quite often, it’s not uncommon to find promotions for discount airfares and seasonal airline seat sales. As such offers often attract attention, it has also been used by scammers to target their next victims.
One of which has reportedly dragged Dubai-based Emirates brand into hacking into user’s bank accounts or credit cards.
The airline has said it is investigating the matter, which appears in the form of a survey posted on Facebook, purporting to be from the carrier and offers two free tickets to participants.
Using the Emirates logo, the fake offer reads: “Congratulations! You have been selected to take part in our short survey to get two free Emirates tickets. We only have 332 tickets remaining so hurry up.”
Participants are asked survey questions such as “Have you ever been a traveller with us?”
Once users click a particular link, hackers can reportedly gain access to their online device and steal personal information including bank account details.
“Emirates has become aware of fraudulent websites purporting to come from the company claiming to offer free airline tickets to those who take an online survey.
“We advise not to click on any links or share these links on social media. Emirates is investigating the source of the scam and will take appropriate legal action against the perpetrators,” said an Emirates spokesperson in an emailed statements to Arabian Business.
The airline has been the subject to previous fraudulent internet activity. In August, Emirates requested the removal of a fake Facebook page which claims to offer free first-class tickets through an online competition.