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NOT REAL NEWS: Delta not giving away tickets for anniversary

June 8, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, a Delta Air Lines jet waits on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York. A false offer circulating on Facebook shows what appears to be a promotion from Delta claiming the company is giving away free tickets to celebrate its 93rd birthday. Delta says the promotion is a fake and the airline is not celebrating its 93rd birthday this year. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Social media users searching for cheap flight deals this summer beware: A false Delta promotion is again making the rounds, this time claiming the airline is celebrating its 93rd birthday by handing out free tickets.

The link circulating on social media takes users to a survey that it says must be filled out to win two tickets. Kate Modolo, a Delta spokeswoman, said in an email that the promotion is a fake and the airline is not celebrating its 93rd birthday this year.

The scam is designed to look like a Delta boarding pass. At the end of the survey, the scam asks users to share it.

A similar false offer appeared online in 2017.

Fake anniversary promotions appear regularly online for brands, including Starbucks and Pizza Hut.

Modolo noted that the airline has a list of places on its website to check for online offers. On the page, Delta states that the airline often receives reports of scams circulating to collect customer information.

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