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A fraudulent Facebook page, which falsely claims to be associated with British Airways, is duping Facebook users into giving their personal information to dodgy marketing companies.
The Facebook Page, which calls itself “British Airways Holidays”, claims that you can win holidays and free air travel by clicking a “Sign Up” button. The bogus Page features the British Airways logo along with photos and videos stolen from legitimate sources.
A screenshot of the bogus Facebook Page:
Despite its name and appearance, the Facebook Page has no connection to British Airways. Users who decide to participate in the supposed giveaways have no chance whatsoever of winning the promised prizes. The prizes do not exist.
If you click the Sign Up button, you will be taken to a fraudulent prize web page which again uses stolen British Airways logos and images to make it appear legitimate. The web page claims that you must click a button and fill out some questions to validate your entry.
A screenshot of the fake validation web page:
Clicking the “Validate Entry” button opens one of several websites that promise the chance to win further prizes such as iPhones in exchange for supplying your mobile phone number, your name and address, and your email address.
However, small print legal clauses on the sites state that your information will be shared with third-party marketers who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters peddling a range of dodgy products and services.
In some cases, by supplying your mobile phone number, you may have inadvertently subscribed to an absurdly expensive SMS “service” that will charge you several dollars for every inane and pointless text message they send you.
And, alas, the supposed entry validation will never complete no matter how many sites you give your information to. So, you will never receive your holiday prize entry. Which, of course, does not really matter given that the promised prize never existed to begin with.
Facebook scammers regularly use the promise of free airline tickets and holidays to trick users into participating in their bogus promotions. Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that promises free air travel, cruises, or holidays. Such scams are very common.
For the record, the genuine British Airways Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon beside its name, makes no mention of the supposed giveaways.
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!