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Now scammers get busy faking Jetstar Facebook pages

May 28, 2014 Headline News, Social Media No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Travel, plus electronic and social media, provides fertile ground for scammers and fraudsters of all types. When they are not busy setting up phone scams, they hit the internet.

Not for the first time, a fake Jetstar page has been tricking Facebook users. People thought they were entering a competition to win a trip to Sydney – but it was a phoney competition on an imitation of Jetstar’s Facebook page. The pages are now being taken down, but it takes time to report them to Facebook.

Moreover, the scammers have struck at the same time that the real Jetstar is offering a real competition on its genuine Facebook page.

Confusing? It needn’t be. The secret in weeding out the scammers from the real deal  lies in the number of ‘likes’ the Facebok page has.

As Jetstar (the real one) put it yesterday:

Hi Everyone, 

We’re really popular this week! Since Friday we’ve reported 14 fake Jetstar Australia pages and profiles to Facebook. unnamed (1)

Facebook is in the process of taking those scams down but, in the meantime, please be careful online. 

If you see an offer or promotion that claims to be from us, click-through to the page it’s coming from. Scammers can steal our logo but they can’t get over 320,000 likes on their pages before Facebook takes them down If the number highlighted below isn’t at least that high, then you’re looking at a scam. 

If you have mistakenly given these scammers your account or credit card details, please contact your bank or financial institution immediately. 

Finally, a huge thank-you to everyone who’s alerted us to these scams! We really appreciate it. 

Thanks – Amanda

The warning came after scammers set up a bogus Jetstar Facebook page proclaiming “Great news, we’re giving away 5 tickets each to 40 people for a 2 week trip to Sydney Australia in a 5 star hotel with $4,500 spending money.”

Users (or victims) were then directed to a site where they were asked to provide their personal details – to be ripped off by the scammers in the customary manner.

Social media means that rogue sites can attract a lot of sharing and a lot of likes in a short time – but not nearly as many likes as the real Jetstar Facebook page boasts.

The genuine Jetstar Australia Facebook page is also running a competition at the moment, but the prizes are five AUD 500 flight vouchers.

Here’s the promotion from the genuine Jetstar Facebook page:

Guess what? As a part of our 10th Birthday celebrations we played a huge game of Pass the Parcel, giving away flights to lucky people as the game travelled to some of your favourite Jetstar destinations. See what happened when we passed the parcel! http://bit.ly/PassTheParcel

Now it’s your turn to Pass the Parcel to be in the running to win 1 of 5 $500 Jetstar Flight Vouchers. Just comment below and tell is in 25 words or less who you would want to pass the parcel too and why. Mention your friend in the comment too!

Entries open to Australian residents 18yrs+ and close Wednesday 5pm (AEST) 28 May 2014. Conditions apply http://bit.ly/RgAh5M

That gives you all today to Pass the Parcel.

Written by : Peter Needham

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