KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has advised customers to be wary of an online lottery scam purportedly using the airline’s name to solicit personal information from victims.
The email scam – reportedly in circulation since 2011 and seemingly targeting Sabahans – informs recipients they have won an exclusive special bonus.
It goes on to say that AirAsia has approved a sum payment of RM300,000 to the recipient and then asks the person to contact an individual named JK Allen via dodgy email addresses like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email specifically asks recipients to also include information like their name, address, occupation and telephone number.
AirAsia Group legal head Amir Faezal Zakaria, who lodged a report over the scam, clarified that the airline has never authorised any company to hold a lottery programme under its name.
“It was brought to our knowledge after members of the public contacted us about this suspicious lottery programme. The airline does not engage any third party to organise contests. Our announcements are always made via official channels such as the mass media and our official social media channels.“If you receive any notices with doubtful legitimacy, members of the public are strongly advised to get in touch with AirAsia via the airline’s Facebook and Twitter,” he told reporters outside the Dang Wangi police headquarters, Friday.