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This story was first published on October 29, 2015
Yet another ‘free airline tickets’ scam is hitting Facebook. This version claims that British Airways is giving EVERYONE two free tickets as a means of celebrating its anniversary.
The post invites you to click to claim your free tickets.
But, alas, the post is just a typical ruse to trick you into spamming your friends and supplying your personal information on suspect survey websites. The post is not associated with British Airways and you will not receive any free airline tickets by participating.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent web page and told that you must follow two simple steps to get your British Airways tickets.
Step 1 instructs you to click a Facebook share button and add the comment “Thanks #BritishAirways!” Step 2 instructs you to click a Facebook Like button. If you carry out these twos steps, you will be helping the scammers promote the fraudulent giveaway across Facebook and exposing all of your friends to the scam as well.
After carrying out these steps, you can click a button labelled ‘get your free first class tickets’. Clicking the button opens another fake page that appears to allow you to claim your tickets. However, a popup window that obscures the claim form informs you that you must verify your entry by filling in one or more surveys. The popup contains a list of survey links for you to choose from.
The links open various third-party survey web pages that are intent on getting your personal information. Some will ask you to provide a mobile phone number as a means of entering a draw for further prizes. But, fine print on the page will state that, by supplying your mobile phone number, you are agreeing to subscribe to an expensive SMS service that charges you several dollars per message they send.
Others will ask you to provide your name, email address, phone number, and home address. But, a statement on the page will inform you that your information will be shared with site sponsors and third-party marketers. Thus, after participating, you will likely begin receiving unwanted phone calls, emails, and surface letters promoting various products and services.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake British Airways giveaway promotion will earn affiliate commissions each time somebody provides their information on one of the survey sites.
These scams are very common on Facebook and they have used the names of several major airlines around the world. Be very wary of any Facebook message that claims that you can get free airline tickets are other valuable prizes just by sharing and participating in surveys.