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Etihad Airways issues warning over 'bogus websites'

Airline claims websites are offering Etihad tickets in return for surveys, promotion

Etihad Airways issues warning over 'bogus websites'
Etihad Airways headquarters in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Etihad Airways has warned customers of fake websites claiming to offer Etihad tickets in return for promotional activity.

The airline said in a statement on social media that it had been made aware of a number of “bogus” websites that were offering tickets in return for “participants completing a survey, adding a link to their Facebook account and sharing it with friends, and other similar activities”.

It urged customers to be vigilant against the alleged fraudulent activity.

The statement, issued on September 24, continued: “Any offer of Etihad Airways flight tickets through these bogus websites is fraudulent.

“Etihad Airways has no association with these websites whatsoever and has initiated proceedings against the owners of the sites.

“Any tickets issued contrary to the airline’s terms and conditions are void and won’t be accepted for travel on Etihad Airways.”

One customer, named as Tahera Ebrahim Lgt , responded to Eithad’s social media post: “OMG I thought so. I took part thinking it was legit and something came up on my newsfeed which looked like a hoax . Thanks for clarifying Etihad. My fav airline and the only one I fly with.”

The airline replied: “Please stay tuned for further announcement regarding this.”

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