Airline warns against Facebook hoax offering free flights


Airline warns against Facebook hoax offering free flights

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Tens of thousands of people may be at risk of being swindled by a fake airline website that claims its giving away free flights.

By early Tuesday morning, the Facebook page for “JetBlue.” had more than 40,000 likes.

On the page, scammers claimed people could win free flights for an entire year if they shared a series of photos from the page, liked it, commented and signed up for the contest.

Clicking the page's sign up button took users to a separate page advertising a free Delta Air Lines vacation. Clicking on that page then led to another that claimed to be giving away $5,000 toward airline tickets for users willing to share their email addresses, home addresses and phone number.

However, the contest is not real. The page is not affiliated with JetBlue Airways, said airline spokesman Morgan Johnston.

“This page and any similar promotions should be treated with caution,” Johnston said. “We encourage customers to join us in reporting suspect pages or promotions through Facebook's reporting tools and refrain from sharing them to broader audiences.”

Any of the airline's Facebook promotions would go through the verified JetBlue Airlines Facebook page, he said.

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