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Facebook users have been alerted about the scam which claims they are in with the chance of winning two free plane tickets from a popular airliner.

The free flights scam claims budget airliner Norwegian Air are offering two plane tickets to everyone as a way to “usher in 2018”.

When users click on the Facebook post they are taken to a site where they’re asked to fill in a questionnaire.

However, this is a malware filled site which can steal personal information from your Facebook page.

The malware even gives scammers permission to start posting on a victim’s Facebook page. 

Once Facebook fans complete the survey they’re told to share the post promoting the ‘offer’ on their own timeline.

But all this does is spread the dodgy Facebook scam even further.

Norwegian Air are now warning customers not to fall for the Facebook scam after being alerted to it.

Speaking to The Sun, a spokesperson for the airliner said: “We take cases of fraud extremely seriously and would like to warn against a false offer that is circulating on Facebook that Norwegian has no association with.

“We strongly advise people to treat this message as spam and not follow the link while our security teams actively investigate the matter.

“We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”

The news comes after Facebook users over the festive period were put on alert about a Christmas scam doing the rounds on the social networking site.

Facebook fans last December were put on alert about the ‘Secret Sister’ scam, which tries to get people to purchase a gift for a stranger.

The chain letter con claims if Facebook users purchase a gift worth $10 (£7) for a stranger they’ll get between six and 36 presents back in return.

It’s all allegedly part of the ‘Secret Sister’ Christmas gift exchange.

But as the old adage goes, if it’s too good to be true then it probably is.

One Facebook user posting about ‘Secret Sister’ wrote: “Anyone interested in a Christmas gift exchange? I don’t care where you live, you are welcome to join.

“I need 6 or more ladies of any age to participate in the secret sister gift exchange.

“You only have to buy one gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister, and you will receive 6 to 36 gifts in return!!”

Scammers have even gone so far as to post pictures allegedly of gifts they have received thanks to the post on Facebook.

But it’s all just a pyramid scheme, where people only profit by recruiting more people in the scam.

The Better Business Bureau in America, who discovered the scam, warned Facebook users to stay away from any ‘Secret Sister’ posts as it’s an “illegal scam”.

In a post on their official site, they said: “While gift exchanges grow in popularity during the holiday season, BBB advises consumers to use caution when choosing one in which to participate.”

The BBB added: “This is a typical pyramid scheme. This is on Facebook instead of the old way of using letters because social media allows it to spread a lot faster.

“Pyramid schemes are illegal either by mail or on social media if money or other items of value are requested with assurance of a sizeable return for those who participate.”

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