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November 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Singapore Airlines has warned of confidence tricksters impersonating it and using fake contests, emails and calls to inform recipients of bogus “free air tickets” – before going on to request their personal data.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Singaporean carrier advised customers to be very careful before disclosing any personal data to unverified callers.

“To appear more authentic, such callers are also able to modify their caller ID to imitate our official telephone numbers,” the airline warned in a post on its website.

Asian news outlet said that one such scam had been circulating over the weekend on messaging app WhatsApp.

The message read: “Hello, Singapore Airline is giving away 2 Free FirstClass Tickets to celebrate it’s 45th anniversary, Now you can get your tickets too !” followed by a link that closely resembled the airline’s official website.

Anyone clicking on the link found themselves redirected to a website asking them to share the promotion with 20 friends or groups via WhatsApp and enter their address details to claim their tickets.

As of Monday, the website appeared to have been taken down.

The scam comes as Singapore Airlines hits the headlines for its big revamp of cabin interiors on its flagship Airbus 380 fleet. See: Singapore Airlines rolls out new cabins for A380 fleet

“Singapore Airlines also wishes to advise customers to be cautious of social media posts and phishing websites that appear similar to our official website,” Singapore Airlines warned the public.

Written by Peter Needham

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