Two free Southwest Airlines Tickets? Don’t be scammed on Facebook!

If they are being given away for free, who wouldn’t want two tickets to any destination in the United States?

According to messages spreading across Facebook, Southwest Airlines is offering free tickets in a marketing promotion.

Southwest airlines Facebook scam. SW is currently giving away 2 tickets to any destination within the United States, only to a few select people.

TWO FREE Southwest Airline Tickets

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SW is currently giving away 2 tickets to any destination within the United States, only to a few select people.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? So what happens if you click on the link.

Southwest airlines Facebook scam

The webpage you are taken to, tells you that to be eligible for the competition, you have to share the link with your Facebook friends, adding the words

"Southwest is the best"

as a comment.

In my investigation I used a research account, without any Facebook friends to share the link with, and didn’t add the phrase “Southwest is the best”.

Southwest airlines Facebook scam

It seems that failing to observe the rules did me no harm at all, as I was immediately told I was a “winner”. Hmm.

Southwest airlines Facebook scam

Oooh.. an iPad 2 in *color” (fancy that!), a free cruise, or a trip to what looks like a Greek island. You can understand why some Facebook users might believe they have genuinely won a prize, and proceed further helping the scammers earn commission by taking online surveys.

Facebook users are, unfortunately no strangers to scams claiming to offer free airline tickets. Not only have we seen promotions claiming to represent Southwest Airlines before, but also scams regarding free tickets with JetBlue and Delta Air Lines.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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