JetBlue tickets scam spreads via Facebook, tricks Jezebel

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook users are seeing lots of messages claiming to link to a special JetBlue Airways offer, claiming they can get free tickets. Unfortunately, anyone who clicks on the link is in danger of signing-up for a premium rate mobile phone service.

The messages look something like this (the precise wording may vary):

JetBlue Airways
Your Free Trip
2 Free JetBlue Airways Tickets – Facebook Users Only

The scam has been spread more widely, in part, because the Facebook page belonging to Jezebel.com (a women’s lifestyle blog, part of the Gawker network) passed on the message to its 30,000+ fans.

If you were to click on the link you are taken to a webpage (with a large version of the JetBlue Airways logo in the background) which asks you to “Facebook Connect” with the site in order to access the alleged special offer.

If you do that then Facebook asks if…

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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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