More and more people are falling for scams which seem to be
multiplying by the day on Facebook. A few weeks ago tens of
thousands of people fell for a Facebook scam purportedly from
Qantas and offering free first class flights.
I noticed the scam on the Monday whilst browsing through my news
feed. I was informed by Facebook that a number of my friends had
liked and/or shared what seemed to be the "Qantas" page
which was giving away free first class flights for a year!
I immediately clicked into the page because I thought to myself
"that doesn't sound right" and sure enough I could
pick almost immediately that the page was a scam.
What surprised me the most was how rapidly it spread around to a
huge number of my friends list and more surprising was how none of
them caught onto the fact it was a scam. Within hours I noticed
that the page went from a thousand likes to tens of thousands of
likes – proof of how quickly things spread on social
The question is, how can you too be on the forefront in picking
a Facebook scam? Here are my tips:
The verification – look for the blue verification tick or
badge. Generally, this means that the page has been verified by
Facebook as being authentic.
Very little "likes" – if you look at the real
Qantas Facebook page it has (at last check) 627,007 likes, this
page had a lot less than that.
If it's too good to be true then it probably is –
free first class flights was the dead giveaway for me.
The title of the page – the scam Facebook page title was
"Qantas Airline" and for me, just didn't look right.
Just one quick search for the real Qantas page and you would have
seen that it's simply called "Qantas".
The page itself just not looking authentic – there's
something about a scam page that just doesn't seem as
professional as the real one. If you look at almost any scam page
compared to the real one you'll see the real one has plenty of
information under that heading, plenty of pictures posted (that
look professionally taken) and just a general indication that the
page has been around for some time.
The timeline of posts – I've noticed that scam pages
generally have had no other posts or very little other posts. Most
of us that use Facebook would know that Qantas has had a social
media presence for some time therefore there should be a whole
history on its page of past posts.
There were no "posts by others" – depending on
your Facebook mobile app, you can select to see "posts by
others" as opposed to "posts by page". The real
Qantas page has plenty of "posts by others" – an
obvious given people post very frequently on the Qantas page about
their experiences with Qantas.
Go to www.hoax-slayer.com - if in
doubt or unsure check out that website. You can usually find the
answer quickly as to whether something is a scam.
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