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This story was first published on October 29, 2015
Yet another airline ticket giveaway scam is hitting Facebook. This version claims that British Airways is giving away airline ticket vouchers worth £500 as a means of celebrating its anniversary.
The post invites you to click to claim your voucher.
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 voucher or 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 steps to get your British Airways voucher.
Step 1 instructs you to add the comment “Thanks for my voucher”. Step 2 instructs you to click a Facebook Share 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 ‘Continue’. Clicking the button opens one of several third-party survey web pages that are intent on getting your personal information. The survey sites 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, vouchers, or other valuable prizes just by sharing and participating in surveys.
An example of the scam post:
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!