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Fake Promotion: Southwest is Not Giving Two Free Tickets to Everyone

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    No, Southwest Isn't Giving Free Tickets to Everyone

    Dallas-based Southwest Airlines offers sales and promotions throughout the year, but there's a giveaway going around on social media that is a complete fake. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    You may have seen a voucher popping up on your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed, saying: "Southwest Airline is gifting two free tickets to everyone to celebrate their 95th anniversary."

    Once you click on the link, you're then directed to take a survey and you're instantly a winner. All you have to do is share the good news with your friends on Facebook and click the "like" button.

    When we hit the like button, our system found a security threat, including a malicious URL.

    This "promotion" isn't real.

    Southwest Airlines confirms this is a hoax and said they're taking formal steps to stop them. They say they're not even celebrating their 95th anniversary.

    They've only been flying for 47 years.

    Here's another clue: The title says Southwest "Airline" when it should be "Airlines;" plural.

    So if you ever see a promotion that you're interested in, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions:

    • Call the company to see if it's legit.

    • Check the web address. That's usually another dead giveaway.

    • If it seems too good to be true, chances are, it probably is.

    We emailed Facebook. They've started looking into this ticket post. They want to remind everyone, if you spot fake posts like this, report it so they can take action.


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