PHILIPPINE Airlines on Friday warned against a group of individuals who created bogus Facebook accounts that entice the public to submit job applications to the country’s flag carrier but demanded payment for application processing.
“These fake accounts often utilize the identities of existing FB account holders without their knowledge. We do not condone this illegal act and have taken steps to take down these accounts,” the PAL management said in a statement.
PAL said all bogus accounts had been deleted as of Friday after the airline reported the matter to Meta (Facebook) Philippines.
“As a reminder and for your protection, Philippine Airlines issues official announcements using the PAL website www.philippineairlines.com and the official PAL FB Page. PAL does not require any payment for application processing,” the advisory read.
PAL also raised a warning recently against a syndicate involved in a cargo scam.
The scam related to supposed domestic cargo shipments, involving unauthorized use of the name of Philippine Airlines.
Scammers have sent messages via Facebook/Messenger to lure people into making payments for shipments that had supposedly been loaded on a PAL flight; the messages may even present fake PAL cargo airway bills as “proof” of such shipments.
These are totally bogus, the PAL said.
“No such cargo shipments exist, and any related online payments will surely go to fraudsters. Please deal only with our legitimate cargo agents and shippers for any air cargo transactions,” it added.
“All PAL announcements or statements on cargo shipments are issued through Cargo Sales Bulletins emailed to our accredited / nonaccredited agents and shippers, and Official emails from our Account Executives.”