Facebook Page that appears to be associated with Southwest Airlines claims that you can win a package containing four tickets for an all-inclusive Southwest vacation and $5,000 in cash, just by sharing a promotional post, liking the Page, and adding a comment.
The Facebook Page is fraudulent. It is not associated with Southwest Airlines and it is not giving away prize packages as claimed. The Page is designed to rapidly accumulate as many likes as possible so that it can be either reused to launch further scams or sold on the black market to other scammers.
Attention! We have 950 packages, each one contains Four tickets for an All Inclusive Southwest Vacation, $5,000 in cash, exclusive items and more!
To win just Share & Like Our Page Then (Comment with “All-Inclusive”)
Good luck! Like our page for winners announcements.
According to this Facebook Page, which at first take appears to belong to US-based Southwest Airlines, the company is giving away 950 packages each of which contains four tickets for an all-inclusive Southwest Vacation, $5000 in cash, and other goodies. For a chance to win, you are instructed to share the post promoting the prize, like the Page, and add the comment ‘All-Inclusive’.
However, the Facebook Page is fraudulent and is in no way associated with Southwest Airlines. There are no prizes and no winners. The fake Page is just one among a great many similar scam giveaway Pages designed to trick people into liking and sharing in the hope that they will win the promised prize.
The goal of the Page is simply to harvest as many Page likes as possible in the shortest possible time. By fooling people into sharing and commenting on the bogus prize post, the scammers ensure that their Page will be noticed by an increasing number of Facebook users. And, as a result, they will gain a great many new Page likes, often in just a few days.
Once the bogus Facebook Page has gathered a large number of likes, the scammers then have a couple of options. They can sell the Page on the black market to other scammers, who will refocus it to foster their own nefarious goals. Or, they may use the Page to set up and promote survey scams, or other types of fraudulent activity, this time to a much larger audience. The like-farming stage gathers a large pool of potential victims so that later scams run from the Page will earn more money.
The genuine Southwest Airlines Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ tick, is informing customers about the scam Page via comment replies such as the following:
That promotional Facebook page is not associated with Southwest Airlines, and we’re working with the site to get the page disabled.
Note also that the genuine Facebook Page is called ‘Southwest Airlines’. The scam Page is called ‘Southwest Air.’ with the period at the end forming part of the name. Like-farmers often manage to create Facebook Pages with names very similar to those of the companies they are targeting by simply adding punctuation marks such as periods to the end of the title.
Be very wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises prizes such as airline tickets, vacations, cruises, cars, tech gear, gift cards, or store vouchers just for liking, sharing, and commenting. Don’t play into the hands of these scammers by participating in their fraudulent giveaway schemes.
Last updated: March 15, 2016
First published: March 15, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!