It's a good rule of thumb that whenever any of your Facebook “friends” tell you about a great free offer, it's probably a scam. The latest hot freebie scam making the Facebook founds is the free Southwest Airlines tickets scam.
The messages are being left on victims' walls, as though they are from Facebook friends.
“Aweet! i just got 2 free flight vouchers from Southwest Air to fly to any destination i can think of lmao!,” one message says. “i didnt believe it would work but it was, got it here..[LINK] try for yourself i just figured i would share with everyone.”
For the record, Southwest isn't giving away free tickets. If you were to fall for the scam and click on the link, you would be taken to a site that appears to be the official Southwest site, but is actually a rogue site set up by the scammer.
At that point, you'll be asked to allow installation of third-party software to allow you to register for the tickets. If you agree, you will download rogue software that can access your profile and post messages from your account.
Last month the hot Facebook scam was the promise of free giftcards from Starbucks. That scam has now migrated from Facebook and is being distributed through spam emails.
An email received at ConsumerAffairs.com today reads:
“Facebook Users!, Starbucks is gifting away new giftcards! Rush, Dont waste any time. Here is webpage (link) There just 332 left!!!
The rest of the scam is pretty much the same. Users are enticed into downloading an application that gives the scammer access to your Facebook account.