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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Southwest Airlines Tickets

Outline
Message appearing on Facebook and being sent out via email claims that Southwest Airlines is giving out free airline tickets to Facebook users.



Analysis
The message is not an official Southwest Airlines promotion. The message is a typical survey scam. Users who fall for the ruse and follow the link will first be tricked into spamming the same fake promotion to their friends by "liking" or "sharing" the bogus Southwest Airlines promotions page. Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free tickets. Some of the "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.

No matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive their promised free flight tickets.

The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

If you see one of these messages on your Facebook Wall, or receive one via email, do not follow any links that it contains.

For more information about survey scams, see:
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained


Examples
Facebook Version:
I love flying South West Airlines
2 FREE Southwest Airline Tickets! (limited time only)
[Link removed]
Southwest Airline is currently giving away 2 FREE Tickets to all facebook users!

Southwest Airlines Survey Scam


Email version:
Awesome, Southwest Airlines is giving out holiday gifts. Rush, Dont waste a moment. Heres the site Southwest Promo There only 327 more!!!


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Last updated: 15th January 2012
First published: 15th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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