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Airline warns of lottery scam using its good name

October 7, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59AirAsia has warned customers and the public to beware of an online lottery scam that uses the airline’s name in a bid to solicit personal information from victims.

The e-mail scam tells recipients they have won an exclusive special bonus program  from AirAsia and the airline has approved a MYR 300,000 (AUD 106,230) payment to the recipient. Recipients are asked to contact someone with an email address like airasiaexclusive@admin.in.th or airasia@gmx.com.

The email asks recipients to include information like their name, address, occupation and telephone number.

AirAsia Group legal head Amir Faezal Zakaria, who lodged a police report at the weekend, told AsiaOne News the airline did not engage third parties to organise contests or make announcements on its behalf.

He also warned of people posing as AirAsia representatives offering airfares at amazingly low discounts, or free.

“Our ticket prices are already low enough as it is,” he said (managing to get a plug for the airline in, along with the warning).

“If someone is offering you something that is too good to be true, there must be a catch.”

Written by Peter Needham

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