Richmond, VA- An airline ticket scam is making its way around social media again, this time right in the middle of the holiday season. In an article from June 2017, Brooks Thomas, social business advisor at Southwest Airlines, told Fox News, “we see hoaxes pop up every now and again, with varying velocity. They tend to pick up around more charitable times.” Travel during the summer and the holiday season are increased which is a natural time for scammers to promote fake offers, such as free airline tickets.The advertisement is simple and eye catching: a well-known airline offers two free tickets to promote a milestone in the company’s history. The catch is; the website offering these free tickets isn’t related to the airline company in any way, and by clicking an unknown link you may have given a scammer access to your computer or smart phone. Make sure to check the business’s website or contact them directly to find out if they have any legitimate special offers running. Often, when you receive an online notice for free travel it’s a scammer attempting to capitalize on a stolen company logo, so you’re tricked into clicking a corrupt link or giving your personal information out.If you do happen to click the advertisement before verifying the legitimacy of the claim, you may then be presented with a survey to fill out and pass along the offer to ten of your friends or followers to gain access to the deal. “If you’re browsing social media and come across an offer don’t be fooled into passing it along to 10 of your closest friends,” says Olivia Smith, Communications Manager for BBBCV. “These chain messages can contain malware capable of compromising the security of not only your computer or smart phone, but also the computers of the 10 friends that just opened the link sent to them.” This scam isn’t limited to airline or travel tickets. This is a scam that can be used to promote sporting events as well. BBB offers these 10 tips to avoid being scammed online this holiday season. If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. If you’ve come across a ticket scam, report your experience to BBB.org/scamtracker. Smith is the Communications Manager for BBB serving Central Virginia and can be reached at email@example.com for additional comment. About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.