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SCAM ALERT: Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone!

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A survey-scam promoted by sharing Facebook posts claims that Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone because they are canceling more than 2000 flights in the coming weeks.

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A SURVEY-SCAM DESIGNED TO PHISH PERSONAL INFORMATION
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REWARD FOR COMPLETING SURVEYS

Description

One of the latest survey-scams syndicated by Facebook posts and shares claims that Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone because of canceling more than 2000 flights. However, this is not true. Ryanair is not offering free flights to everyone.

It is true that Ryanair is canceling more than 2000 flights due to scheduling issues and other factors, but that does not mean that they are giving away free tickets to people who share Facebook posts and complete online surveys.

Ryanair survey scam

The “Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone” scam is promoted by people who fall for the scam and share it on Facebook. A person will be directed to a webpage onwww.winningonline.club that contains 3 questions. Once the questions are answered a page that contains steps will appear. The steps are to “Share this page with 5 Messenger friends by clicking the “SHARE” button” and to  “Share this page by clicking the “Share on Facebook” button and type the message: Thanks for the #tickets.”

Once this is completed the scam will be shared to more people on Facebook. The person will then be directed to a third-party website that contains a random survey that essentially never ends. The surveys are designed to gather personal information submitted by the visitor.

The surveys will ask for contact information and other details. If you submit your contact information you can expect to be contacted for a variety of reasons.

Ryanair is not giving away free tickets to users who follow the steps and share their post on Facebook. This is a common survey-farming scam designed to phish personal information.

Examples

Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone

Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone! Because of canceling more than 2000 flights the coming weeks!
Request your tickets here – 2 tickers per person

Ryanair scam

Win 2 FREE Ryanair tickets

Congratulations!
Ryanair is offering free tickets to everyone, due to the cancelation of more than 2000 flights! You have been selected to participate in the 1 min. survey! Answer the questions to get 2 FREE Tickets! We would like to know your opinion.

Step 1

Share this page with 5 Messenger friends by clicking the “SHARE” button.

Step 2

Share this page by clicking the “Share on Facebook” button and type the message: Thanks for the #tickets

Step 3

Verifying of the steps

Why are survey-scams dangerous?

Survey-scams are dangerous because they are used to phish personal information from victims. They utilize deceptive surveys to obtain information that can help them contact victims.

The information collected by scammers is often sold and shared with numerous parties. Victims may get calls from scam artists, robocallers, fake pharmacies, and more. They may also receive unsolicited mail at home and unwanted email messages.

A victim’s contact information can also be used by scam artists and malware distributors.

What to do if you fell for a scam

If you fell for a Facebook scam like this it is recommended to immediately locate and remove rogue Facebook apps, change your password, and log your account out of other locations. You should also scan your computer with Antivirus or Antimalware software such as Malwarebytes to eradicate malware and other malicious trace files and website data from your computer.

If your account shared content without your permission make sure to remove the content from your Facebook account in order to stop the scam from spreading to your friends, family, and other people.

To ensure the safety of your bank or credit details it is suggested to contact your bank or credit card company to receive more instructions.

If you liked a page, unlike the page. If you shared dubious content delete it.

How to uninstall rogue Facebook apps

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the rogue Facebook app and click the X to remove it. If you cannot find a rogue Facebook app it is likely that a rogue Facebook app was not installed. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes to ensure no malware has infiltrated your computer system.

How to change your Facebook password

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security and Login.
  2. This page will tell you where your account is logged in. To change your password select Change password, type your current password, and type your new password twice.
  3. Click Save Changes.

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