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I hate to break this to you...but it is a scam. Perhaps you received something like this in your email inbox?
Receive 2 FREE Southwest Airline Tickets Today!
For a limited time you can receive
[Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
Planning for the holidays? Lucky you! Southwest Airlines is sending out thousands of complimentary flight vouchers to current Facebook users! To get yours, fly by [URL elided] to follow the
I hate to break this to you...but it is a scam as well. According to Snopes, people who follow the links to these freebies reach phishing sites (counterfeit websites) that can result in the following:
- Clicking what appear to be Facebook "share" buttons and post comments to the scammer's site (which is really a ruse to dupe users into spreading the scam by sharing it with all of their Facebook friends).
- Prompts to add a lot of personal information
- Prompts to complete lengthy surveys
- Forced sign up (with monetary commitment) for "Reward Offers" (e.g., Netflix subscriptions, credit report monitoring services, prepaid credit cards)
- Fine print giving permission for "marketing partners" (telemarketers) to call and text you
- A Facebook "lifejacking" attack, a malicious script that takes over a user's Facebook profile without their knowledge and propagates itself to their friends' accounts as well.