Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media


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Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media

Story:

{Airlines name} Giving away two free airline tickets

Other Versions

1. Get free flight tickets courtesy of UK airline EasyJet.

2. Airlines giving away free tickets. Like and share Facebook page.

Picture: Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media
Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media

Analysis:

A number of posts doing rounds on social media (especially Facebook) in several languages purport to offer two or more free airline tickets to users in honor of the airline anniversary or in some kind of promotional offer. The Company names that appeared are EasyJet, Emirates, AirAsia, WestJet, Ryanair, Singapore, SouthWest and Delta Airlines among others. No, the free airline ticket offers are not true; the claims are in fact part of a Scam.

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Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media

How the Airline Tickets Scam Works

The users on social media were asked to click through the posts that appear on Facebook and other social media sites to get the free airline tickets. When clicked, the users were taken to some websites (not of official airlines) that offered various questions in the form of online surveys, also grabbing their personal information. In some cases, the users were even asked to download applications that can be malicious. Later, they had to like and share the websites that pretended to give away free tickets/prizes. The messages were in no way related to the mentioned Airline Companies; there were no free tickets to claim. Some Airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair also issued a warning about these free ticket scams. Notably, the free airline tickets scam spread on WhatsApp too.

Do Not Get Carried Away

We suggest social media users not to get carried away by such ‘free’ airline ticket offers that are in fact scams. Do not click through the posts, and do share them with others. Remember, these free airline ticket scams surface online more during vacation times, when people are busy traveling places. As precautionary measures, you can check the URL of the post for signs of trouble and look for the blue check mark that verifies an airline’s official social media account.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax and Scam.

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References:

No, you have not won two free airline tickets

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Beware of Free Airline Tickets Scam on Social Media