Fraudsters clone Air Peace website and dupe customers days after starting direct Lagos-London flights

Fraudsters have reportedly cloned the website of Indigenous aviation company, Air Peace and dupe unsuspected customers.

Air Peace raised the alarm on Tuesday saying some intending passengers intending to book UK flights on its portal were defrauded by fraudsters who cloned its official website.

This is coming a few days after the airline launched its historic direct flight from Nigeria to the United Kingdom.

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The airline stated in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that the creators of the website used some of its website identity collaterals to create the fake site, which they presented as the airline’s official booking platform.

It reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the existence of a website “www.flyairpeace.uk” purporting to be an official website and defrauding unsuspecting individuals.

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“We would like to dissociate the Air Peace brand from this fraudulent site because it is not owned by us. The one and only website of the Air Peace remains “www.flyairpeace.com.

“Members of the public should totally ignore the site, as it is impersonating Air Peace and fleecing passengers.”

The airline on 30th of March, 2024 commenced daily flight to Gatwick, London.

In November, Air Peace’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allen Onyema, announced that the airline had successfully obtained the Foreign Carrier Operator Permit and Third Country Operator Permit.

With a capacity of 274, the aircraft accommodated 260 passengers on its maiden voyage, symbolizing the eagerness and enthusiasm of Nigerians to connect with the world.

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Among the passengers was Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, whose presence underscored the government’s commitment to supporting local operators while upholding best industry practices.

On the inaugural flight were also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, distinguished Senators, House of Representatives members and prominent celebrities spanning all walks of life.

Stakeholders in the aviation sector have said there is a multiplier effect of the airline’s Lagos-London flight on the Nigerian economy.

Doris Uzoka-Anite, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment said Air Peace’s presence in London is not merely about arrivals and departures; it is about trade, investment, and collaboration.

“By choosing Air Peace, you choose to invest in Nigeria. You choose to empower local businesses, create jobs, and strengthen our economy,” Uzoka-Anite said.

She explained that in December 2023, the UK exported £185 million to Nigeria and imported £154 million, resulting in a negative trade balance of £30.8 million, adding that this is a trend she wishes to change in Nigeria’s favour and an additional trade route is a major step in the right direction.

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Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development stressed that the commencement of the Lagos-London route signifies the dawn of a new era, promising increased connectivity and economic benefits for Nigeria.

Keyamo said with Air Peace’s operations, there would be no problem of trapped funds because it is a local company that will not have to repatriate money through the CBN.

“The airlines that come to Nigeria; what we experience is massive repatriation of funds that puts pressure on the naira because they have to seek for dollars to repatriate from the sale of tickets. So, it eases the pressure on the naira because this is a Nigerian company that deals in naira,” he added.

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