Facebook fake plane ticket fraud

Facebook fake plane ticket fraud

The “Ryanair France” page offers free tickets in exchange for a comment …

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(Boursier.com) – A slightly tempting offer … For the past few days, a Facebook page called “Ryan Air France” has been offering free airline tickets in the colors of low-cost airlines. Submit only one comment. Although it already has over 400,000 responses, this “competitive game” was actually a scam.

The page created on May 16th published the following message: “We decided to celebrate our 50th anniversary by offering 2 free tickets to anyone who typed ‘done’ before 6pm on Thursday”. The Irish company is actually only 38 years old.

Several signals made it possible to detect a scam: the fake Facebook page had more than 24,000 subscribers and a single message, while the airline’s official page registered more than 5 million. It also has a blue badge confirming its authenticity.

A form that encourages you to fill out your personal data

People who replied “Done” to the post received the following response: “Hello. Your voucher is being processed, you must first complete our validation process. To do this, click on the blue ‘S’ button ‘Register’ at the top of our page. Thank you for your participation”.

The fake Ryanair page actually tricks users into trying to redirect them to a form by clicking on a link displayed under its banner. Victims are invited to fill in their personal data (surname, first name, email address, postal code, etc.).

No permission has been decided

As reported by ‘BFMTV’, the form is hosted by Toleadoo GmbH. Numerous Google reviews linked to this German company refer to attempted fraud. On Wednesday evening, the fake Ryan Air page shared address seems to have expanded, pointing to the fake “Amazon-sponsored” lottery and the promise of a free iPhone 13 Pro. Despite the widespread spread of the fake page, Facebook has not yet taken any action.

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Note that fake flight ticket fraud was already known on Facebook. In 2018, the same offer that offered free tickets for Ryanair’s 34th anniversary …

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