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Southwest Holiday Ticket Giveaway on Facebook: It’s a Scam

Oct. 25, 2012
Personal Finance
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If you get an event invite from a friend promising a chance to get two free Southwest tickets, you’re another target of a Facebook hack-and-scam. It works like this:

A friend (or rather, a hacker using your friend’s account) invites you to a promising event: the Southwest Holiday Ticket Giveaway.

If you’re unlucky (like me), that friend is a deal hunter and travel hacker, so it’s entirely possible that he or she stumbled upon an awesome deal you haven’t heard of. And in any case, that friend wouldn’t steer you wrong, so..

You click on the link, finding a realistic-looking promotional flyer:

These guys are good. The Southwest logo is repeated everywhere, with the airline’s trademark “No change fees” slogan. You’re told the promo will expire today, and that the available number of tickets decreases by the second.

You click on another link to “generate your certificate.”

This actually compromises your Facebook account as well, continuing the cycle of spam.