The Gokongwei-led airline has been famous for its PISO Fare offers on occassions. Last February, Cebu Pacific held another round of its 1-peso or Piso fare, where hundreds of seats were made available for booking for only P1 basic fare. It was an official promotion and bookings were made through their official website.
Just recently, netizes were sharing a supposed Cebu Pacific 1-peso fare promo. The “promo” is purportedly offering Piso fare to all Philippine destination from travel dates April 1-June 30, but there’s a catch. Once clicked, it redirects to a website (broadcastreams) not affiliated with Cebu Pacific, with pop-up asking to share the “good” news to everybody before one can avail of the promo.
However, upon visiting the official website of Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com), there was no recent offering of the Piso fare promo. Further, it did not ask me to share the “news” to avail of a promo package. Turns out, the said promo is a hoax or scam.
The said Piso fare promo could be a linkbait. A linkbait is a content designed to attract attention and encourage those viewing it to create hyperlinks to the site, with the aim of improving the site’s position on the list of results returned by a search engine.
Moreover, the website asks you to share the page on Facebook which may retrieve personal information from your account.
The website could be a scam also. It might ask you to sign in personal information when “booking”, which could be an internet security risk and may result to identity theft. Many have been victimized by credit card fraud by signing up for payment in unsecured websites.
How not to fall a victim of these kinds of scams or hoaxes?
- Verify the accuracy of the information.
- If a website is asking you something in return (most commonly sharing a page so they could deceive more people) before you get to the page, oftentimes it is scam.
- Look for the official website of the company offering the supposed promo, and make official transactions through it, especially if it involves money or credit card use. You may also check the companies official social media accounts to verify. Chances are, official announcements are always made through their official accounts.
- Be vigilant and do not be gullible.