Facebook users warned about free flights scam

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If you have been on Facebook recently, you may have been attracted by the opportunity to win two free plane tickets, however, this has been revealed to be a scam.

The airliner concerned is Norwegian Air and the airline is said to be offering two plane tickets to everyone as a way to “usher in 2018”.

Facebook users are taken to a site where they are asked to complete a questionnaire but this site is filled with malware that can steal your personal data from Facebook. Sadly, the malware even gives scammers permission to post on the victim’s Facebook page.

The airline has been quick to warn users of the scam and said to the UK’s The Sun newspaper, “We take cases of fraud extremely seriously and would like to warn against a false offer that is circulating on Facebook that Norwegian has no association with.

“We strongly advise people to treat this message as spam and not follow the link while our security teams actively investigate the matter.

“We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”

There have been a number of scams going around Facebook over the festive period such as the “Secret Sister” scam where users are encouraged to buy a $10 present for a complete stranger in return for upwards of six back. Not surprisingly, this was revealed to be a scam and as the old adage goes, if it’s too good to be true then it probably is.

One Facebook user posting about ‘Secret Sister’ wrote: “Anyone interested in a Christmas gift exchange? I don’t care where you live, you are welcome to join.

“I need 6 or more ladies of any age to participate in the secret sister gift exchange.

“You only have to buy one gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister, and you will receive 6 to 36 gifts in return!!”

The scam was revealed by the Better Business Bureau in America and they warned Facebook users to stay away from any ‘Secret Sister’ posts as it’s an “illegal scam”.

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