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Fake ticket giveaway fools tens of thousands

Fake ticket giveaway fools tens of thousands
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There's no such thing as a free lunch, or movie. Thousands of film fans in the U.K. are disappointed right now after falling for a social media scam offering them free movie passes. Scams like these aren't uncommon and can seem harmless, but that's not always the case.

Recently, an Instagram account that looked like it belonged to U.K. movie theater chain ODEON Cinemas popped up on the photo-sharing network and offered the first 75,000 a ticket to see six films free. The problem is ODEON Cinemas didn't actually run the account. But, the over 70,000 people who followed it didn't know that.

So, what's the big deal? On the surface it seems harmless. The duped followers just don't get their tickets. But, a scam like this could be a part of a larger attack. For instance, the people behind the fake account could post a link to "redeem" the offer that actually leads to a site loaded up with malware.

Scams like this aren't rare, and they can happen in the U.S., too.

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