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.
Screenshots of the scam post and website:
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!