Facebook scammers have been promising 500 lucky people the chance to win a year’s worth of free flights on ‘Virgin Airlines’. All they have to do is to ‘like’ a certain Facebook page and ‘share’ a certain Facebook post.
The scam has been highlighted by the consumer affairs site consumeraffairs.com, which goes on to point out: “There are no tickets, there won’t be any winners, and Virgin Airlines didn’t create that Facebook page – it’s nothing but the latest attempt at a “like-farming” scam.
“Like farming” is a peculiar activity, born of the social media age, in which various scam posters seek to gain enough traction in Facebook’s algorithm to begin appearing in users’ news feeds.
Scam analysis site facecrooks.com explains: “The owners of the page can then post advertising and links that reach a much wider audience because of the groundwork they’ve laid by collecting likes.
A Facebook page about cuddling that gained over 1 million likes was recently listed for sale at USD 7000, reportedly.
The hoax “Virgin Airlines” Facebook page tell users: “ We at Virgin have decided to giveaway FREE flights for an entire year to 500 of our lucky fans to celebrate serving One Hundred Million passengers! To enter for your chance to win simply follow the rules below!
You Must Complete The Following:
- SHARE this photo!
- Like This Page Vacations We Love.
- Comment Thank You.
Winners will be contacted on July 8, 2015!
Within a few hours of being set up, the bogus “Virgin Airlines” Facebook page had gathered over 31,000 “likes” and 56,000 “shares,” with those numbers rising every few minutes, consumeraffairs.com reported.
Written by Peter Needham