A message making its way around Facebook is claiming that Air New Zealand is giving all users two free flight tickets as a means of celebrating the company’s 79th birthday.
The post features an image depicting some of the tickets that are supposedly being given away.
However, the post has no connection to Air New Zealand, and those who participate have no chance of winning any free tickets. Instead, it is a scam designed to trick you into divulging your details on untrustworthy websites.
Clicking the post takes you to a fraudulent website that instructs you to fill in a short survey about your previous experiences with Air New Zealand. The bogus site will then pretend to analyse your answers before declaring you a winner of the free tickets. The site chooses every visitor as a winner regardless of how they answer the survey questions.
After completing the survey, you will be told that you must like and share the webpage on Facebook and add the comment “Thanks for my tickets”. Taking these steps ensures that the scam post is seen by more and more potential victims on Facebook.
After you have liked, shared, and commented as instructed, the scam website displays a list of links. Supposedly, you are required to click one of the links to verify your entry and get your free flight tickets.
But the links open more scam websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name, email address, home address, and phone numbers.
If you do supply this information, it will be shared with “site sponsors” and third-party marketing companies who will later inundate you with unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting a range of dodgy products and services.
And, even if you do click one or more links and provide your information, you will never receive the promised Air New Zealand tickets. The tickets never existed to begin with.
For the record, there is no mention of such a ticket giveaway on the official air New Zealand Facebook Page.
Such scams are very common on Facebook and have used the names of many other airlines around the world.