A Facebook page posing as Auckland’s public transport agency is claiming to offer a year of free travel to people who buy an unbelievably cheap pre-paid card.
This offer is false. Auckland Transport (AT) told AAP FactCheck it has no connection to the page and that there is no such offer.
The fake page is listed as a “cargo & freight company” and uses the same cover photo as the genuine Auckland Transport (AT) Facebook page.
The genuine AT page is listed under Facebook’s “travel & transport” category.
A genuine AT HOP card costs $5 and must be loaded with additional credit before travel is possible.
The posts urge readers to click the “Apply” button, which takes them to a website (screenshot here) that asks for personal information.
The site claims travel cards are being given away free, rather than being sold cheaply.
AT’s social media manager Blake Crayton-Brown told AAP FactCheck that AT has seen two Facebook pages offering a year’s travel on public transport for only a few dollars.
“These pages are outright scams and are trying to gain access to people’s credit card details,” Mr Crayton-Brown said in an emailed response.
“It’s really disappointing that people are being targeted like this at a time of year when people are watching their budgets ahead of heading back to work and school.”
HOW TO SPOT A SCAM POST ON FACEBOOK – THE RED FLAGS
Treat posts appealing for help to find lost or found people or pets, offering extremely cheap or free products and services with caution if they include more than one of the following features:
* The person encourages everyone to share their post widely.
* They don’t provide their contact details or they ask people to send them a DM or PM (direct message or private message).
* The post includes only very vague details about the location of the person or pet, or the giveaway.
* The account of the person posting is less than a year old, has no profile picture, has very few friends, or isn’t located in the same area as the subject of their post. This indicates the account is fake.
* You can’t comment on the post because comments are disabled. This is done to stop people from warning others that it’s a scam.
The claim that the Auckland Transport (AT) Facebook page is offering cheap travel cards that will give passengers one year of free travel is false.
An AT representative confirmed the Facebook account behind the offer is fake. No such offer exists.
False – The claim is inaccurate.