According to posts that are currently appearing on Facebook, Southwest Airlines is giving 500 people free round trip flights to their desired destination.
Supposedly, for a chance to win, all you need to do is share and comment on the post and then click a link to validate your entry.
The posts, which feature images of a Southwest Airlines aircraft, claim that the company is giving away the flights to show appreciation for customer support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the posts are not associated with Southwest Airlines in any way. No flights are being given away and people who participate have no chance of winning anything at all.
The posts are scams designed to trick people into divulging their personal and financial information on a bogus website.
If you click the link in the posts, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that claims that you must click a “Validate Entry” button and “fill out a couple of questions” to get your chance to win.
However, the button does not open a prize entry form as you might expect. Instead, it opens a second scam website that promises free video streaming of sporting events to people who register. Despite its claims to be free, however, the site insists that you provide your credit card details, ostensibly as a means of verifying your eligibility to join. Many people report that they have been unexpectedly charged fees for “premium” memberships when signing up to such “free” streaming services. Moreover, it can be very difficult to get refunds and unsubscribe from such services.
Any service that uses deliberately deceptive promotion schemes such as fake air ticket giveaways should never be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
If one of these scam posts hits your News Feed, do not click on it. And let the person who shared it know that the supposed giveaway is a scam.
Southwest Airlines is warning people about the scam via its official Facebook Page:
Different versions of the scam post may have different times and dates for the supposed prize entry. Varients of the scam are also targeting other airlines, including Qantas.
A screenshot of one of the scam posts:
A screenshot of the scam website: