Free tickets on Southwest Airlines? It’s the latest Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook users should beware the latest scam doing the rounds on the social network. A so-called opportunity to win free tickets with Southwest Airlines may look like a dream come true, but in fact is an opportunity for scammers to harvest your information.

Naked Security reader Wayne told us that he’d seen the messages being spread from the Facebook account of his daughter and her work colleagues, and further investigation found others users’ accounts being used to spread the scam links.

What’s interesting, as our friends at Facecrooks point out, is that the messages are being spread via comments on other users’ walls rather than as status updates.

Messages include:

sweet! i just got 2 free flight vouchers from Southwest Air to fly to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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