BBB has been made aware of two new scams targeting consumers:
1. The first scam involves Facebook. There have been posts going around claiming Southwest Airlines is giving away two FREE tickets if you like and comment on their Facebook page. However, Southwest recently tweeted about the “giveaway” saying this:
“… There is a scam being passed around on Facebook … Please don’t click or share the links!”
If you receive anything on Facebook or see that a Facebook friend has won free Southwest tickets, do not click on any of the links; this is a scam.
2. The other scam we’ve recently been made aware of is a phone scam. A consumer out of Midland recently received a call from an unknown caller claiming he had won $2.5 million and a Mercedes. The caller then told the consumer that UPS would arrive shortly but before they did he would need to go down to a local store and buy $550 dollars in pre-paid credit cards. The caller even provided a package number and an ID number. Realizing this was a scam, the consumer hung up and called the police who then alerted BBB.
If you receive a call claiming you’ve won a sweepstakes, consider the following:
- Ask questions. Callers should identify who they are, who they work for and how you supposedly won the prize. Generally, you cannot win a prize if you have not entered a contest.
- Be cautious of unknown callers. If someone calls stating you have “won” or been “gifted” or “prized” with anything of value, think twice and act smart. Especially if the callers use the name of an official entity, make certain that you go “off the call” and contact the official entity to confirm the information
- Report all suspicious behavior. If you fall victim to a similar scam, report the burglary immediately to your local police so they can begin an investigation.
Should you hear of a scam, contact your BBB and let us know!