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SCAM – Fake Qantas Facebook Page Promising Free Flights

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this Facebook post, Australian airline Qantas is giving away free flights in exchange for commenting and sharing.

Supposedly, the giveaway is to thank loyal customers for their support as COVID-19 restrictions ease and flights resume.  The post promises that 500 people who share and comment on the post by a specified date and time will get a free round trip flight to their desired destination.

The post, which was published via a Facebook Page named “Qantas Air” features several photos of a Qantas aircraft.

Despite its appearance, however, the post has no connection to Qantas and those who participate have no chance whatsoever of winning any free flights.

In fact, the post is a typical giveaway scam designed to promote a bogus Facebook Page. After the supposed entry deadline on the scam post has passed, new versions of the scam with new dates will likely appear.

Facebook scammers create these bogus giveaways as a means of increasing the like-numbers and potential reach of their fraudulent Pages.

Once the scam Pages have become a lot more popular via such fake giveaways, they can be used to launch further scams that, this time, can reach a much larger audience. Or, in some cases, the scam Facebook Page may be sold to other scammers who will repurpose it for their schemes.

Be wary of any post that claims that you can win valuable prizes such as flights, holidays, or cars just by liking, sharing, and commenting. Currently, many such scams are attempting to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note that the genuine Qantas Facebook page is called “Qantas” not “Qantas Air”  and features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon to prove it is the real thing.

A screenshot of the scam post:

Qantas Air Facebook Giveaway Scam

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