FACEBOOK SCAM/TROJAN: Receive 2 FREE Southwest Airline Tickets Today!
I’m just going to start posting as these things show up in my news feed…
This is a post on Facebook from various people. The claim is “For a limited time you can receive 2 FREE Southwest Airline Tickets good for any travel within the USA! Don’t wait, this is a one time free gift offered just in time for the Holidays!” . You click the URL, it redirects you to a page where you input information like email address, etc. Of course, the url you’re going to is some third party garbage url. In this case, it was a redirect on http://t.co.
Overall, it’ll say for you to add it to your page and to make a comment for your free tickets. It’ll bring you back to Facebook, you’ll have a post on your personal page with the image I showed above along with the comments you made. Great, right? WRONG
What happens in reality is when you click that URL in the first place, it saves your password/login information to Facebook, redirects you to that third party site where you enter your information which it also logs, and then sends you back to Facebook… you’re feeling great, as if you’ve won something.. and in reality, they’ve won your information. Your personal Facebook information.
With this information they’ll spam your friends, make a few dollars off unsuspecting people clicking on links, etc. So, long story short, if this pops up on your news feed, don’t click it.. if you’ve clicked it, change your Facebook password and most likely other accounts you’ve linked to it (you know, like gmail, hotmail, yahoo, twitter, etc).
I’ll keep posting these as I see them.. just keep an eye out for yourself as well.. if it’s too good to be true, it probably is… especially on Facebook.