Warning for Facebook users over ‘dodgy’ ads offering BIG freebie that’ll leave you out of pocket

FACEBOOK users have been warned over a tempting ad which offers a free Network Rail travel card – but it could cost your dearly.

Consumer organisation Which? has rung the alarm on the scam which fraudsters have created to steal personal and financial information from victims.

It appears like a bargain offer - but you'll be left out of pocket


It appears like a bargain offer – but you’ll be left out of pocketCredit: Which?

Clicking the ad will take you to a website to play a quiz to ‘win’ the rail card.

This site contains fake reviews about the so-called ‘amazing’ offer.

Unsurprisingly, whichever box you pick will be a winner.

Then, you’ll be directed to pay £3 for the rail card.

It appears like a bargain offer.

But not only will you lose the £3, your banking details too will also be jeopardised.

“Consumers should be on the lookout for scam ads in Facebook falsely claiming that Network Rail is giving away 150 travel cards,” Lisa Webb, Which? Consumer Law Expert, explained.

“If you click on these ads, you’ll be taken to a dodgy website which asks you to provide your name and location, complete a survey and then enter your bank details to make a payment of £3 to cover postage for the travel card. 

“You won’t receive the travel card and you’ll be out of pocket by £3, but more worryingly the information you parted with can then be used to scam you at a later date.”

Which? has encouraged those who come into contact with the scam – or worse, have fallen for it, to report it to Facebook, Action Fraud or the police.

The consumer organisation has reported the fake ads to Facebook.

To report to Facebook yourself, click the three dots on the ad and select ‘report’.

Clicking the ad will take you to a website to play a quiz to'win' the rail card


Clicking the ad will take you to a website to play a quiz to ‘win’ the rail cardCredit: Which?

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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