According to a post being shared across Facebook, airline Emirates is giving you the chance to win first class flights for you and five friends to a dream destination of your choice anywhere in the world along with $5000 spending money. And, claims the post, all you need do to win is share a promotional photo, comment ‘Thank-you’, like the Facebook Page the post comes from, and click the ‘Sign Up’ button on the Page.
However, the supposed prize promotion is a scam that is not associated with Emirates in any way. The fake Facebook Page is not giving away any flight tickets. The goals of the scam are to accumulate as many likes as possible for the bogus Facebook Page and trick people into submitted their personal information on dodgy third-party prize sites.
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Sharing and commenting on the post ensures that it is seen by a growing number of Facebook users, many of whom will fall for the ruse and share and comment as well. And, during the course of the scam, the bogus Page will accumulate a great many new likes. The more likes a scam Page gathers, the more reach it has for future scam and spam promotions. Pages with high numbers of likes can also be sold on the black market to other scammers who will repurpose it to further their own goals.
If you click the ‘Sign up’ button as instructed, you will be taken to a third-party website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name, home address, email address and phone numbers. But, entry conditions listed on the site will stipulate that, by participating you are giving permission for your personal information to be shared with other organisations for marketing purposes. Thus, you will soon begin receiving unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and surface letters offering a range of products and services you most likely neither want nor need.
And, even after participating as instructed, you will never get the chance to win the promised free flight tickets, which never existed to begin with.
The scammers who created the fake Facebook Page will earn commissions each time somebody provides their information via the ‘sign up’ website.
The real Emirates Facebook Page has Facebook’s blue ‘Verified’ tick and is simply called ‘Emirates’ not ‘Emirates Air.’ Emirates has responded to questions about the scam via the following comment on its Facebook Page:
The page you mentioned is a scam. Our competitions are always run from our official and verified social media channels. Our Corporate Communications & Legal Team is taking the necessary action. Thanks
A very similar scam was active in 2015. The scam again offered free Emirates flights in exchange for likes and shares. Many other high-profile airlines around the world have been targeted in different versions of the scam. Be wary of any Facebook post or Page that offers valuable prizes such as airline flights, cruises, cars, or store vouchers in exchange for liking, sharing, and providing your personal details via survey or prize offer sites. Scams like this continue to be very common on Facebook.
Awesome News vacation lovers’ We are giving away 1,500 first class flights for you and 5 friends to a dream destination of your choice anywhere in the world and $5,000 spending money!
Rules for entry:
1. Share this photo and Comment “Thank You” below.
2. Like Our Page.
3.Click the “Sign Up” button on our page
All 1,500 winners will be picked at random on Febuary 16 2016 Via Our Fan Page
Last updated: September 11, 2016
First published: February 16, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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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!