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Delta Air Lines Says Viral Facebook Giveaway Is A Hoax

The promotion to celebrate "100 million customers already this year" has been shared more than 60,000 times, which would be impressive if it wasn't a hoax.

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In the past 24 hours, "Delta Airways" has been scoring some viral love on Facebook, with a promotion to give away 175 gift bags containing cash and first class tickets. It has already been shared 65,000 times.

The only problem? It's a fake.

"We are aware of this item, and it is not an official Delta site," a Delta representative told BuzzFeed News. "We have reached out to Facebook to remove it ASAP."

The airline, which officially goes by Delta Air Lines, has a verified Facebook page that has nearly 1.5 million likes. That page makes no mention of the promotion, which is on the non-existent "Delta Airways" Facebook page.

The post claims Delta is "celebrating a 100 million customers already this year we're giving you the chance to win one of 175 gift bags. Each one contains $5,000 in cash, 5 first class tickets to be used till 2016 and some delta goodies."

If they want to win, Facebook users are told to "Share & Like photo (comment to double chances) Ends 2nd July, winners will be messaged. Good luck."

The hoax appears to be working: after being up for just 24 hours, the promotion has been shared 64,000 times as of Wednesday morning, and has more than 26,000 comments.

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People are also sharing the promotion on Twitter.

I'd love to win! I'm sure our family will make great #FamilyFunVacations too! #DeltaAirlines http://t.co/rI7WfJd6z3

This I why Delta Airlines is truly a great customer service-driven airline. Well done ... http://t.co/XBLphJE0Er

While @Delta celebrates 100 million customers this year, they're giving out 175 gift bags filled with...✋🏻👉🏻 https://t.co/ODe7Pja82K

As of mid-morning Wednesday, the page took down the official Delta logo, but is still up on Facebook.

Mariah Summers is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Summers reports on hospitality, travel and real estate.

Contact Mariah Summers at mariah.summers@buzzfeed.com.

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