Facebook Scams: Southwest Airlines Gift Card Giveaway

Scam Signature Message: Southwest Airlines Gift Card Giveaway

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Scam Type: Bogus Offer

Trending: June 2011

Why it’s a Scam:

Clicking the wall post link takes you to the  following page:

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Clicking the “Share” button will obviously post the scammer’s message to your Facebook Wall. If you “CLICK HERE” you will be taken to the following page:

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If you read the fine, you must complete several “Sponsor” Offers. Not only is this a ridiculous hoop to jump through, and will cost you a lot of money in the end, but the scammers are acquiring a treasure trove of your personal data. You will be required to provide your name, address, phone numbers and date of birth. This will enable the shady marketers to not only spam your Facebook account, but also harass you via snail mail, phone calls and text messages.

How to Deal with the Scam:

If you did make the mistake of sharing the scam link, then you are now spamming your friends with the very same message. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).

Be on the lookout for more marketing offers arriving to your email inbox and physical address if you submitted that information to the scammers. Thanks for sharing with friends.

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