According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, Australian airline Qantas is giving away 975 business class tickets to anywhere in the world along with $5000 spending money as a means of celebrating its 94th birthday. And, claims the message, all you need do for a chance to win is share the post and like the associated Facebook Page.
But this is just one more Facebook like-farming scam. The Page is fraudulent and has no connection to Qantas. And there are no prizes. The genuine Qantas Facebook Page – which is called ‘Qantas’ not ‘Qantas Air’ and features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ icon, is warning users about the scam via Facebook comments like the following:
…our team are aware of this scam. We’re working with Facebook to have the fake pages removed. This is the only official Qantas Facebook page, identified by the blue verification tick.
The scammers set up these fake pages simply to accumulate as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. Facebook Pages with large numbers of likes can later be repurposed to launch survey scams and other types of fraudulent activity. Alternatively, the Pages can be sold on the black market to other scammers.
Facebook like-farming scams like this one are very common. Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that claims that you can win valuable prizes such as airline tickets, cruises, cars, tech gear, or store vouchers just for liking and sharing a page.
You can read more information about like-farming scams here.
What an amazing year 2016 is as we officially turn 94 years old! To celebrate our 94th Birthday we are giving away 975 FREE Business Class Tickets to anywhere in the world and $5,000 to spend for you and up to 4 of your closest friends and family!
Rules to enter:
1. Share this picture.
2. Like our page.
Less than 24 hours remain so be quick to enter!
Last updated: March 1, 2016
First published: March 1, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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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!