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March 4, 2016 Headline News, Social Media No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Facebook scammers were at work yesterday trying to con Qantas travellers and dupe fans of Royal Caribbean.

Fake Facebook pages for both were set up, offering non-existent prizes to lure unwary consumers.

In the Qantas case, an unofficial Qantas Air Facebok page said the airline was giving away 975 business-class tickets to anywhere in the world, plus AUD 5000 spending money, to help celebrate its 94th birthday.

The NSW Police Force put a warning on its own Facebook page as follows:

“WARNING! Fake Qantas ‘like farming’ scam which offers people the chance to win first class flights has reportedly been making the rounds on Facebook.

“Scammers set up these fake pages to accumulate as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. Facebook Pages with large numbers of likes can later be used to launch survey scams and other types of shady activity.

NSW Police copy of bogus Qantas Facebook page, stamped by Police with the word SCAM

NSW Police copy of bogus Qantas Facebook page, stamped by Police with the word SCAM

“The genuine Qantas Facebook Page – features Facebook’s blue ‘verified’ icon.”

The NSW Police also ran a photo of the bogus site.

Qantas warned its social media fans yet again: “Sometimes fake Qantas Facebook pages will make offers to the general public. Please disregard any offers or posts shared by these pages. We work with Facebook to ensure these pages and content are removed as quickly as possible. There is only one official Qantas Facebook page.”

Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean in Australia had a similar problem and issued the following alert:

“We have become aware of a false social media profile: ‘Royal Caribbean Australia’, which is claiming to give you a chance to win a cruise by sharing the post and clicking a link.

“The Facebook page is a scam, do not click the link! It has no connection with Royal Caribbean and the prizes do not exist. We are working with Facebook to have the page removed, however this is taking longer than expected.”

A spokesperson for the cruise line said yesterday afternoon that the Facebook page appeared finally to have been taken down.

Written by Peter Needham

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