AirAsia warns over scam using founder’s name

The airline said the scam has been using the name Tony Fernandes and citing a Tony Fernandes Foundation offering opportunities to assist in projects in exchange for membership of the fictitious foundation.

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Tony Fernandes. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

AirAsia said Monday (13 April) that fraudsters were trying to scam the public with fake links to a non-existent foundation said to be linked to airline founder Tony Fernandes.

The airline said the scam has been “using the name Tony Fernandes and citing a Tony Fernandes Foundation offering opportunities to assist in projects in exchange for membership of the fictitious foundation. AirAsia wishes to confirm that it has not established any other foundation other than its official AirAsia Foundation. The so-called Tony Fernandes Foundation is in no way linked to AirAsia or its Group CEO Tony Fernandes. Any message purporting to be from Tony Fernandes or Mark Kelvin or sent in relation to a Tony Fernandes Foundation is fraudulent.”

The airline warned the public to be cautious and always refer to AirAsia’s official social media channels for the latest company news in respect of such matters. “AirAsia will never request your personal data or details without specific and lawful measures in place,” the airline said. When in doubt or to report suspected scams involving AirAsia, the airline asked the public to contact:

“AirAsia will not hesitate to take legal action against individuals or groups who purport to use the  AirAsia brand or fraudulently or commit identity theft,” the airline said, adding that “members of the public are advised that AirAsia shall not be held liable for any claims arising from schemes in which it and any of its authorised officers/employees have no involvement”.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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