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Air France warns customers of Black Friday scam

Free tickets for Air France flights might sound too good to be true - and they are, as the company warns people about a Black Friday scam that is circulating.

Air France warns customers of Black Friday scam
The logo of the Air France company on a building of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, in the northeastern outskirts of Paris (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP)

Air France is warning customers of a scam circulating on WhatsApp. The scam invites the recipient to enter into a contest in order to win free airline tickets as part of a Black Friday deal. The airline issued a tweet assuring customers that this is a scam and they should not open click on the link.

Air France also included a sample image of the scam in their tweet.

The company is warning customers to remain vigilant, particularly during the Black Friday sales period. 

Specifically, the scam consists of a WhatsApp message, where users are encouraged to click a link and then answer a few questions in order to win free return fair tickets, good for travel within Europe.

READ MORE: Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

According to French news site, La Dépêche du Midi, once the quiz is taken, the participant is told they won and that in order to get their tickets, they must share the scam message with either five other groups or with twenty friends by entering their personal data.

The objective of the spam is to collect personal data from WhatsApp users.

While this is considered a “phishing scam” – meaning its intent is to steal personal data, other spams that are sent via SMS and internet enabled messaging services seek to extract money directly. 

READ MORE: What you can do in France to stop fraudulent and spam phone calls and texts

If the message was sent via SMS, you can forward it to the official Spam SMS service on 33700, and they will follow up on your behalf.

If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, particularly if you have shared your banking information, the first step is to contact your bank. You can learn more about what to do in this scenario, HERE

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France and Ireland to create new combined train and ferry tickets

The French and Irish leaders have announced the creation of a new combined ticket, that can be used on ferries and trains in both countries.

France and Ireland to create new combined train and ferry tickets

Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin is currently in Paris visiting French president Emmanuel Macron, and the pair have jointly announced the creation of the new ticket, “in order to encourage green mobility between France and Ireland”.

The joint statement added that the ticket will be in effect by summer 2023, saying: “The objective will be to allow, in particular our young people, to travel between our two countries thanks to a green, simple and reasonably priced deal.”

Full details are yet to be confirmed, but the idea sounds similar to the ‘Franco-German ticket’ announced earlier this month, which will give special deals on train tickets between France and Germany to young people.

Full details of that scheme are set to be announced in January. 

Martin was in Paris for the signing of the Celtic Interconnector agreement between France and Ireland, an electricity agreement that links France and Ireland via a 500km undersea cable.

At present journeys between France and Ireland require separate tickets for French trains, Irish trains and the ferry, unless you are travelling with an Interrail pass which can in certain circumstances include ferry travel.

The Franco-Irish ticket would replicate that system, but for single journeys rather than the multi-journey pass of Interrail. 

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