By Staff writer
Fake promotions promise social media users free flights in return for Facebook 'likes'
Fraudsters are using Emirates Airline’s brand to promote competitions and prizes on social media.
The airline on Tuesday hit out against hoax promotions on Facebook, Twitter and other websites and insisted they are nothing to do with the airline.
One recent example involves an entity that calls itself “Emirates Air”. It uses the airline’s branding and promises social media users the chance to win five first-class flights along with thousands of dollars of spending money if they sign up to, or ‘like’ a Facebook page.
An Emirates spokesperson told Arabian Business that the pages in question have been removed.
The spokesperson said: “The recent competition on Facebook offering free flights is a hoax and has nothing to do with Emirates.
“Our competitions are always run from our officially verified social media channels. Emirates has been working with Facebook and the pages have been removed.”
Previous social media scams that use Emirates Airline’s name have promised to give away four-tickets each to up to 25 winners.
A report in Khaleej Times cites a hoax in 2013 that reportedly used the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles “EmiratesPromotions” and “EtihadPromotions” together with the airlines’ logos.
The first 20,000 people to follow the pages would receive free economy-class tickets to Dubai.
Thousands of people reportedly followed the page before the airlines issued statements – at the time, neither Emirates nor Etihad had official Instagram handles, the newspaper said.
There have also been a string of similar hoaxes that have misused other airline brands including British Airways, Lufthansa, Delta and Southwest Airlines.