I noticed earlier today that a friend of mine had decided to Like a curious post on Facebook.
Thousands of Facebook users had believed that the message, which claimed to offer 500 free flights with Virgin Airlines if you *just* clicked “Like”, left a comment and shared the post with their friends, was genuine.
But it wasn’t, it was a scam.
Today is an incredible day at Virgin Airlines as we are officially celebrating seating over 150 million passengers since 2014!! To celebrate we are giving away 500 FREE first class flights for the entire year to a few of our lucky fans!!
Want to win? You must Share this picture and like the page! then Comment Thank You below.
Winners will be decided on August 8 2015
Remember to Like our page to see who won.
Liking the page, sharing the picture and leaving a comment doesn’t instantly lead you into peril – but you’ve just given the fraudsters behind the “Virgin Airline.” (note the period at the end of the name) an easy way to bombard you with messages in the future, and furthermore you’re endorsing the page and encouraging your friends to do the same thing.
The scammers’ plan is to trick as many people as possible into liking the page, and then (at some future point in time) they will start spamming your newsfeed with links that might be designed to make them money, or may be designed to trick you into visiting dangerous webpages.
And no, no-one is ever going to get a free flight with Virgin Airlines for liking or sharing the page. Sorry.
Next time, be more choosy about what you share with your friends on social networks, and the pages you agree to like. Facebook’s security team has now removed the page, but I have no doubt there are plenty of others tricking unsuspecting users right now.
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