Fake Qantas FB Page & Promo

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These pop up all the time. You can tell it's fake by the wrong name - Qantas-Australia. And the lack of a blue tick next to the name.
 

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And this particular one has been going for weeks and I suspect reported by many.

There are actually two (seemingly related) scam sites using "Qantas Australia".
Both appear if you search for Qantas (along with the Official site with 600000+ likes) in the main toolbar:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Qantas-Australia/322117104659652?fref=ts - 3100+ likes
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Qantas-Australia/1533468656906288?fref=ts - 7200+ likes

They have been appearing a few times in my timeline so I suspect are paying promo $ to FB,
and somewhat surprisingly FB is being very poor in removing them (maybe related to statement above)
 

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They have been appearing a few times in my timeline so I suspect are paying promo $ to FB, and somewhat surprisingly FB is being very poor in removing them (maybe related to statement above)

FB probably get reports of spam pages all the time, so what's another one in the pile of "Inbox - Don't Give a Flying ****". Then they have to do all their due diligence stuff to verify that it is a fake page. Only way it could happen faster is if the proverbial fire (litigation) is lit under them, really.

Doesn't help that thousands of people get roped in so easily. Some of my friends are in denial when I tell them it's a fake - they tell me to rack off and stop dulling their chance at free stuff! Some of them require you to go to a website - I wonder if those are phishing forms or clicking on the link auto-loads a phish. Most are just "Like and Share" which I assume is trying to prey on those who haven't quite set up their Facebook page privacy settings correctly so complete strangers can get quite a bit of information.

What is it going to take to stop fraudsters from pulling this BS? Do we have to threaten that the next such person who is caught pulling this **** will have their hands chopped off?
 

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QF have posted on facebook to say they are working to have those pages removed...
 

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I don't understand how the scammers make a profit off over 80,000 likes and shares of a status giving away free First class tickets? In the long run it could harm Qantas, but as with all competitions, not everyone wins anyway.
 

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I don't understand how the scammers make a profit off over 80,000 likes and shares of a status giving away free First class tickets? In the long run it could harm Qantas, but as with all competitions, not everyone wins anyway.

I suspect in the future the page will be quietly renamed as "Jimmy's Plumbing" (made up name) who has 80,000 likes.

Said company has no doubt paid someone to get the page a bunch of likes (whether knowing that this is how it's done or not).
 

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FB probably get reports of spam pages all the time, so what's another one in the pile of "Inbox - Don't Give a Flying ****". Then they have to do all their due diligence stuff to verify that it is a fake page. Only way it could happen faster is if the proverbial fire (litigation) is lit under them, really.

Doesn't help that thousands of people get roped in so easily. Some of my friends are in denial when I tell them it's a fake - they tell me to rack off and stop dulling their chance at free stuff! Some of them require you to go to a website - I wonder if those are phishing forms or clicking on the link auto-loads a phish. Most are just "Like and Share" which I assume is trying to prey on those who haven't quite set up their Facebook page privacy settings correctly so complete strangers can get quite a bit of information.

What is it going to take to stop fraudsters from pulling this BS? Do we have to threaten that the next such person who is caught pulling this **** will have their hands chopped off?

They will be the first ones crying when they get virus or scammed ................
 

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Just tried to report those pages. Facebook have really stuffed that up and all. The last step is to block the page, without blocking the page you can't click the "done" button. Without doing that how do I know that the report has been submitted?
 

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Just tried to report those pages. Facebook have really stuffed that up and all. The last step is to block the page, without blocking the page you can't click the "done" button. Without doing that how do I know that the report has been submitted?

I noticed this as much. It speaks to me that the "solution" that Facebook gives for a page / profile which is spam / scam (their words include "scam") is to block and ignore it. Never mind that it may be a threat or illegal.
 

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Another reason I don't FB, apart from the endless baby photos, pics of people's dinner, and selfies.
 

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QF have posted on facebook to say they are working to have those pages removed...

Yes, we've reported 3 separate fake Facebook pages just this morning.

An unfortunate aspect of social media, we can only continue to report such pages to Facebook and have them removed.
 

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I don't understand how the scammers make a profit off over 80,000 likes and shares of a status giving away free First class tickets? In the long run it could harm Qantas, but as with all competitions, not everyone wins anyway.

The answer is pretty simple, when running spam or a scam, everything is a numbers game. Lets say for instance you have 80,000 likes, that gives you the ability to directly scam 80,000 people. Most probably won't send in money or provide too much in the way of personal information, but lets say that 1% will. That means that out of those 80,000 people, you'd have 800 people who would be willing to send in money or provide enough personal information to allow a scammer to obtain credit under the persons name. The hope with something as lavish as a "First Class Trip" is that a person might be willing to part with a large amount of money (say $500) in "processing fees" or a large amount of personal information. This works well for first class since most people know that First Class is both expensive and out of reach for the average traveler, the thought of passing up such a "good deal" would be hard. Another angle which might play out is the scammer asks for a credit card number since whilst the flights and room is "free", the "hotels" will need a credit card imprint.
Even if you only get 800 people to do that, you've just made $400,000 from one scam, and these are only two ways which spring to mind on how a scammer could work a collection of "likes"/

The more different types of companies you pretend to be, the wider the cross section of the community will be.

Of course, don't forget that every once in a while, the person whom has set up the fake page just likes being an coughhole, and does it purely for kicks.
 

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Looks like they got removed overnight
 

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Looks like they got removed overnight

It'll be back, either in it's current form, or something similar. Setting up fake Facebook pages is a very low risk way of running a scam.
 

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I see these so often on my FB feed, it's amazing how many people don't realise that they are scams.
 

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yeah a friend of mine shared one of these the other day excitedly.. I of course informed them of it's true nature... 30 min later.. a mutual friend, who would have most likely seen the other one and the comments went and shared it themselves.. I said hey you know that's a scam to be met with "yeah I know"

uh....
 
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