August Cyber Scam Newsletter Released
This month's cyber scams to be aware of all in one handy place.
Cyber criminals are claiming there are free flights with the airline in the second scam of its kind in two weeks.
EasyJet is warning Facebook users not to be taken in by a “free flights” scam that has gone viral on the social media platform.
The scam claims to offer two free tickets to everyone that participates in an online survey, in celebration of the airline’s 22nd anniversary.
When users click on the link, they are taken to a malware site that asks for their Facebook details. The scam has rapidly spread as it stipulates that users must share the post in order to claim their free tickets. The post said there were just “332 remaining so hurry up!”
An EasyJet spokesperson said: “EasyJet is aware of this fake Facebook competition and can confirm this is not a genuine EasyJet ticket giveaway. We posted on our own Facebook page earlier this week to warn customers of this."
“Genuine competitions of this nature will only be hosted on EasyJet’s official Facebook page. There are a number of posts of this nature currently mentioning a number of airlines and we encourage customers to flag these to us so we can work to get them removed.”
EasyJet said on its Facebook page: “We've been made aware of scam competition on Facebook. Please ignore this, as it’s not official. Only follow this account for updates, competitions and offers.”
Second 'Free Flight' Scam In 2 Weeks
Last week saw a similar scam on social media, with criminals offering “free flights” with Ryanair in celebration of the airline’s anniversary.
“Warning, don't be fooled by this scam page,” Ryanair posted on its Facebook page. “This is not an official Ryanair account or promotion. Remember, if it doesn’t have the ‘blue tick’ verification, it’s not the official Ryanair account.”
Anyone who is affected by this, or similar scams, should report the incident(s) to Action Fraud.