Monday 26 September 2016

Ryanair warns customers to be wary of new online scam

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Published 29/08/2016 | 14:44

New Ryanair BOEING 737 MAX 200 aircraft
New Ryanair BOEING 737 MAX 200 aircraft

Ryanair has warned customers to watch out for an online scam purporting to offer free tickets with the airline.

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"Please be aware of an online scam offering free Ryanair tickets," it said in social media posts today. "This is not an official promotion."

The scam invites those who participate to take part in a short survey, entering a draw to win two Ryanair tickets to the destination of their choice.

After "analyzing" the answers, the bogus website (ryanair.com-freechance.com) congratulates its "winners" and invites them to share the page with 15 friends.

Savvy travellers may smell a rat pretty quick.

For starters, the scam is said to celebrate the airline's 35th anniversary - Ryanair actually celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The sample ticket is also riddled with inaccuracies - showing Ryanair's IATA code as 'QF' (its code is FR - QF is the code for Qantas), listing a seat numbered 4K (Ryanair planes don't have a 'K', as seats are configured in 3-3 arrangements, from A to F) and showing the airline as a member of the OneWorld alliance - which, of course, it is not.

Several readers have been quick-witted in response.

"Unfortunately this is a scam," said one Facebook user, York Palmer. "But why not pick it up Ryanair and give away free flights - buy one get one free?"

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