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Watch out for these fake airline ticket giveaway scams on Facebook

Watch out for these fake airline ticket giveaway scams on Facebook
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Summer is only halfway over, which means there's still plenty of time to travel. If you're looking at airline prices, though, you might be having second thoughts.

That's why if you saw that Delta was giving away free tickets, a hotel stay or $5,000 in cash on Facebook, you might be tempted to jump on it. You just have to share the post and comment. It's even coming from the "Delta Airline" Facebook page, so it must be legitimate, right?

Nope. Your first clue this isn't a legitimate offer is that Delta's real name is "Delta Air Lines," and on Facebook it goes by "Delta." If you see "Delta Airline," "Delta Airway," or something similar, then you're looking at a fake.

Another way you can tell you're on the real Delta page is that there's a blue checkmark next to the name indicating it's a verified profile. Kim has one on her Facebook page, too, as will most of other legitimate company sites.

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If you hover over the checkmark, it will give you a popup that says "Verified Page." That's a good way to make sure a scammer didn't just add the checkmark icon to the Facebook cover art image.

Next page: What did scammers get out of it and how to really save on air travel
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