7 Nov, 2022 @ 17:45
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Spain’s Iberia airline warns of scam messages offering free tickets

Los Pasillos De Aeropuerto Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Practicamente Vacios Por El Covid19
Iberia planes on the runway of Madrid Barajas-Adolfo Suarez Airport " (Photo by Fer Capdepon Arroyo/Pacific Press)

SPANISH airline Iberia has warned of a “high number of warnings” in recent days of fake messages circulating on WhatsApp purporting to offer free tickets as part of a Black Friday promotion. 

The bogus message states that the former flag carrier is running a competition to give away 5,000 free flights, according to Spanish daily El Mundo. The text includes a link that takes users to a fake Iberia webpage. To participate, people are requested to pay a sum of money as well as forward on the message to their contacts. 

In a message posted to its social media accounts, Iberia reminded all of its users that any competition or promotion is always published exclusively on the iberia.com website and its official social media accounts. 

The company also encouraged users to report any suspicious content they detect such as the fake competition that has been circulating in recent days.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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