Scams and Facebook go together like love and marriage, eggs and bacon, and Tango and Cash.
There are plenty of scammers out there on the world’s most popular social network, trying to dupe you into clicking on a suspicious link or share a page with your friends.
Here is one of the latest, posing as a promotion for British Airways.
The scam page claims that British Airways is giving away free flights for an entire year. All you have to do – the page claims – is share the photo, like the page and leave a comment.
We at British Airways have decided to giveaway FREE flights for an entire year to 649 of our lucky fans to celebrate serving One Hundred Million passengers! To enter for your chance to win simply follow the rules below!
You Must Complete The Following:
1. SHARE this photo!
2. Like This Page
3. Comment Thank You.
Winners will be contacted on September 9, 2015!
What are the scammers hoping to gain from getting as many people as possible to connect with their bogus page? Well, once they’ve tricked you into liking their page, they can use it as an avenue for bombarding you with other unwanted and spammy promotions, and potentially dodgy links that could lead to a malware infection or your account being phished.
Real friends don’t share fraudulent pages like this with their Facebook buddies. And don’t forget – no-one is going to receive free flights for a year. I can’t say this clearly enough – it is a scam.
At the time of writing Facebook’s security team hasn’t shut down this particular scam page. But even if they did, there will no doubt be dozens of others popping up elsewhere on the social network, waiting for an unsuspecting user to be similarly fooled.
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