Southwest Airline ‘Free Ticket’ Scheme Terrorizes Facebook Users

For everyone that has logged into Facebook at least once today, chances are you’ve seen a friend tag you in a picture that claims Southwest is offering free airline tickets.

If you haven’t realized it by now, the link provided to “claim your free tickets” is a virus and will merely set off a chain where it uploads the same picture onto your wall while tagging all your friends without your consent.

According to NBCDFW, Southwest Airlines is aware of this virus and posted two warnings last month to Facebook users to not click on any of the links claiming to offer free tickets.

At this moment, we are not sure how many people the virus has affected, but as you can see from the screenshot below, it’s not just individual user pages who have been affected by the virus.


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