Facebook Event Scams Promise Free Southwest Airlines Tickets
A number of Facebook Event pages that claim to be associated with US based Southwest Airlines are currently being promoted across the network.
The promotions claim that you can win one of thousands of free Southwest Airlines tickets by joining the Event, inviting as many friends as possible, and adding a 'Thank-You' comment.
You will also be instructed to click a link to submit address details for your free tickets.
However, the Events are not connected to Southwest Airlines in any way and no flight tickets are being given away.
The scam events are designed to accumulate as many event participants as possible and trick them into providing their personal information via suspect survey websites.
'Submission' links included on the bogus Events lead to third-party websites that claim you can win various prizes by providing your name and address details and filling in various surveys. But, no matter how many surveys or offers you participate in, you will never be returned to the prize submission form.
Meanwhile, the scammers responsible for the fake Events will earn affiliate commissions every time a user submits his or her information on one of the survey pages.
Moreover, fine print on the survey sites will state that user details will be shared with third-party marketers. Thus, victims may soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying marketing emails, letters and phone calls.
And, by inviting their friends to join as well, users ensure that the scam events spread far and wide and gain many more victims.
Using Facebook Events to further their nefarious ends is an increasingly common scammer ploy. However, the Event versions are just a new take on more traditional like-farming and survey scams that use bogus Facebook Pages.
Be wary of any supposed Event that purports to be from a well-known company and promises expensive prizes just for joining, inviting your friends, and filling in online surveys.
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This month we are celebrating 10 year of being first company to provide most amazing service worldwide.
We decide to celebrate this occasion by giving away 25,000 airline tickets to families all across Social Media. Our aim is to bring 25,000 smiles . To participate you will have to follow each step below and Qualify.
(PLEASE DO NOT SKIP ANY STEP FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION)
To Get your Tickets, complete the Steps given below:
Step 1. Please join this Event.
Step 2. Invite your friends to event
Invite 200 friends for 2 tickets
Invite all friends for 4 tickets
Step 3 : Write "Thank you for tickets" in the comments below to show your appreciation.
*Note: Please provide your Name and shipping address to receive tickets on link in the first post
All tickets will be sent within 4 business days
Last updated: April 23, 2015
First published: April 1, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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