Singapore Airlines warns of free air ticket scam

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a Singapore Airlines (SIA) signage outside an SIA service center in Singapore February 10, 2016.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Wednesday warned of a scam where members of the public receive calls or emails from people claiming to be employees of the airline to solicit their personal data.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, SIA said, "It has come to our attention that there are contests, emails and calls that claim to be from Singapore Airlines, which inform recipients of free air tickets, before proceeding to request for their personal data."

The national carrier also warned customers that there are social media posts and phishing websites that look similar to its official website.

"We advise customers to exercise discretion when revealing personal data to unverified sources. These websites, emails and calls should be verified if in doubt," it said.

SIA added that members of the public can report suspicious websites to this address

SIA has issued at least four such advisories this year. It added that recipients who wish to verify these websites, emails, messages and calls can do so via a feedback page on its website or through the airline's social media channels.

Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, faced an online scam earlier this year, wherein fraudulent websites were offering free airline tickets after a fake survey.

Featuring a large logo of Emirates in the centre of the page, the scam read: "Congratulations! You have been selected to take part in our short survey to get two free Emirates tickets. We only have 332 tickets remaining so hurry up."