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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.

Posted on July 1, 2015, at 11:39 a.m. ET

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.

People are also sharing the promotion on Twitter.

I'd love to win! I'm sure our family will make great #FamilyFunVacations too! #DeltaAirlines

This I why Delta Airlines is truly a great customer service-driven airline. Well done ...

While @Delta celebrates 100 million customers this year, they're giving out 175 gift bags filled with...✋🏻👉🏻

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

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.