Scam of the day – July 11, 2017 – Another Delta Airlines Facebook scam

It was just eight days ago that I warned you about a scam involving Delta Airlines’ Skymiles program where people were being tricked into providing personal information about their Skymile accounts that is then used for purposes of identity theft.

Now a new scam involving Delta Airlines is appearing on Facebook in which you are told that Delta is giving away free airline tickets to celebrate its 88th birthday.  However this is a scam.  The Facebook posting asks you to like and share the post as well as complete a survey in order to get your tickets.  However, there are no free tickets and if you complete the survey, you turn over information to a scammer who can use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

Here is a reproduction of what appears on your Facebook page.

TIPS

A good starting point for recognizing that this is a scam is the fact that Delta Airlines is 93 years old so it is a bit late to be celebrating its 88th birthday.  It is also important to know that Delta only makes legitimate offers on its own official websites.

These types of scams entice people to share and like the posting in order to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms that value the popularity of postings measured by likes and shares which then appear on the Facebook pages of more people.  Scammers are able to change the content of what is shared or liked to something entirely different through a technique called “farming.”  This is often done in order to send advertising or gather marketing information, but it also can be done to send malware infected content that can steal personal information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

When you see one of these “too good to be true” offers, the best course of action is to check with the company’s legitimate website where you will learn whether or not the offer is indeed legitimate.