Latest Facebook Scam: 2 Free Southwest Airlines Tickets

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The Facebook world is all aflutter about the most recent attempt by scammers to separate you from your data: a promotion promises two free tickets on Southwest Airlines, but in reality is just another plot to gather your personal information.

A message displayed on users’ walls contains something like the following: “OMG I just got two free flight vouchers on southwest airlines! this is awesome! here’s the link.” The link takes those unfortunate enough to click on it to an app called “SW Gifts” which, when installed, can access users’ account information and post status updates or comments from their accounts. The user is then taken to a site that looks like Southwest’s, but is asked to log in with his Facebook account. He’s then shown the opt-in dialog box asking if the application can access his information and share it with third parties – the kind of thing that we see a thousand times but never actually read. He then sees a banner ad:

He is then asked to complete 13 sponsor offers in order before receiving the promotion. The offers beguile him into giving away his personal information, which is sure to result in a deluge of “promotional emails and special offers from trusted third parties.”

The scammers hacked into users’ Facebook accounts and used them to spread the links. Interestingly, instead of going the usual route of posting the links as status updates, they posted them as comments on friends’ walls to lend an air of credibility. If you’ve been taken in, this website explains what little recourse you have.

The real promotion from the real Southwest

But for those willing to sign up for a credit card, Southwest Airlines actually does have a promo going on:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
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  • Get 25,000 points for 1 Roundtrip Flight after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $12 not included.
  • Get 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways purchases made directly with the airlines and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Redeem points for gift cards, car rental, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • High rewards rate
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Has annual fee
Annual Fee Signup Bonus APR , Variable* APR Promotions
$99 Get 25,000 points for 1 Roundtrip Flight after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.Government fees as low as $12 not low as $12 not included. 15.99% (Variable) Purchase: None
Transfer: None