According to a post that is being shared on Facebook, you can click to get two free tickets courtesy of Australian airline Jetstar. Supposedly, Jetstar is giving away the tickets as a means of celebrating “15 years of quality service”.
The post looks like this:
But, alas, the post has no connection to Jetstar and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning flight tickets or any other prize.
Post is a Survey Scam – No Tickets Are Being Given Away
The post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on dodgy survey websites.
If you click the link in the hope of claiming your prize, you will be taken to a website that first asks you to complete an utterly pointless survey about your previous experience with Jetstar. No matter what answers you give, you will always be chosen as a “winner”.
Next, you will be taken to a web page that claims that you must share, like, and add a comment before you can claim your free tickets. This ensures that the fraudulent giveaway will continue to spread across Facebook, gaining new victims as it travels.
After you have shared, liked, and commented as instructed, you will be told via a popup window that you must complete a survey to verify your entry and claim your free tickets. The window will include links to various survey websites.
These sites will promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for supplying your name and contact details. However, your information will be shared with third-party marketing companies who will subsequently inundate you with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake giveaway will earn commissions each time somebody supplies personal details on one of the survey sites.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never receive the promised free air tickets.
Survey scams like this continue to be very common.
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!