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According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, you can click to get 2 free flight tickets from Irish airline Aer Lingus. Supposedly, the airline is giving away 282 free tickets as a means of celebrating its 42nd anniversary. The post features an image apparently depicting two of the free tickets.
An example of the post
Post is fraudulent
However, the post is a scam and is not associated with Aer Lingus. Those who choose to participate have no chance whatsoever of receiving any free flight tickets.
The fake giveaway is designed to trick people into sharing the scam with their Facebook friends and divulging their personal information on suspect websites.
What happens when you click the fake post
If you do click on the bogus giveaway post, you will be taken to a fake survey that asks you to answer three questions about your experience with Aer Lingus.
No matter what answers you give, the – entirely fake – analysis process will ALWAYS select you as a winner. But, you’ll be told that you must first share, comment, and like the fake web page before you can claim your prize. By tricking people into carrying out these steps, the scammers ensure that their fake giveaway spreads rapidly across Facebook, gaining many new victims as it travels.
Verification links open dodgy ‘survey’ websites
After you like, share, and comment as instructed, you will be told that you must “verify” your entry by completing one or more surveys. You will be presented with a list of survey links to click.
The links open various third-party websites that offer the chance to win further prizes in exchange for completing surveys and providing your name, address, and phone numbers.
But, alas, the information you supply will be shared with marketing companies who will inundate you with unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters promoting a range of products and services.
Scammers earn money when people participate
Each time a victim provides personal information on one of the survey sites, the scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn commissions. So, the more people they can trick into participating, the more money they will make.
Survey scams are very common on Facebook
Be wary of any post or Facebook Page that claims that you can win valuable prizes such as airline tickets just by liking, sharing, and filling in surveys.
For the record, Aer Lingus was founded in 1936 so it is not celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2017 as claimed.
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!