The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning Facebook users about clicking on a tempting offer you might find: free flights.
The state says links claiming free tickets are available on Southwest Airlines are showing up in some news feeds on Facebook. Clicking on the link will take you to a phony marketing survey; however, it also exposes your computer to malware.
"Common sense says if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is," says a press release from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office. "But the magic word 'free' can sometimes cause people to click a link just to see what lies on the other end. Bad move. One click on the wrong link can damage your computer and put your personal information at risk."
After filling out the fake survey and exposing your computer to malware, the scam victims will soon figure out they will not receive the promised flight vouchers.
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.