Southwest offering free flights? Really?

I just got an exciting message on Facebook from a good friend of mine. The subject line was “Free tix!” so of course I was interested.

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However, I was also very skeptical, and as soon as I saw the link, I knew it was a scam. I bet you can also see all the reasons why.

Scam city, for so many reasons.

  1. I’ve never seen a coupon from Southwest.
  2. It’s not really from Southwest. It’s from southwest.com-traveling.com.
  3. Really? Two free tickets? Why?
  4. If you click on the link, you’ll see this:

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I’m actually wondering if my friend’s account was hacked, because she’s not the type to fall for something like this. However, if she was in a rush or just not paying close attention, I can see where this might be a compelling item to share quickly with friends.

Have you seen this scam floating around on Facebook? Did you fall for it, or steer clear?