Scam-busters: how to avoid Jetstar scams
Scammers are constantly inventing new ways to fool you: online, on social media, by text and email. Don’t fall for these common Jetstar scams.
- March 2019
1. Jetstar Facebook scams
From time to time fake Jetstar Facebook pages appear, promoting competitions requiring you to do nothing but like or share a page to win prizes like free Jetstar flight tickets. These are often ‘like-farming’ scams, which accumulate thousands of likes and then sell the page on to dodgy marketers. More sophisticated scammers may try to use your details to access your credit card information.
Apply the golden rule: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always carefully check the Facebook account before entering any competitions. Our legitimate pages have the blue ‘verified’ ticks so you can tell they’re the real deal. Also look at the number of followers – if they only have a few, that’s a good sign they’re imposters. Our official Jetstar Australia account has 704,000 (and counting).
2. Fake Jetstar websites
People have received scam emails from a website with the domain ‘jetstar-com.com’. This scam domain has since been taken down, but be sure to check the URL of the site you’re on before booking your flights. The safest way to do so is by manually typing ‘jetstar.com’ into your browser’s address bar every time you visit our website. (Or save this URL in your browser’s bookmarks or favourites.)
3. Fake text messages or emails from Jetstar
We haven’t seen it for a while, but in the past there have been cases where emails have been sent from a fake Jetstar address, with PDF itinerary attachments containing a virus. Always be very careful about opening attachments to emails that you aren’t expecting. Examine emails carefully, and be aware of signs that they may be fake – poor spelling, random capitalisation, strange punctuation are giveaways that you may be looking at a ‘phishing’ email.
More recently, we've seen cases of text messages that seem to come from a legitimate Jetstar address, telling the recipient they’ve won a competition and providing a link to click on.
If you receive a text message, even if it seems to be from ‘Jetstar’ as the sender, that claims you are the winner of a competition and asks you to click on a link: don’t do it. We will never send you an SMS for anything other than flight information, updates or alerts – anything else is not to be trusted.
4. Fraudulent Jetstar vouchers
Scammers sell fraudulent Jetstar vouchers online (usually via private Facebook groups, Gumtree or eBay). People who buy them will find they can’t use them to travel on Jetstar flights. Even if they’re able to book a flight using the voucher, the flight will be cancelled soon afterwards. Jetstar vouchers are not for resale, as stated clearly in their terms and conditions.
The only place you can legitimately buy Jetstar gift vouchers online is from jetstar.com – don’t buy them from anywhere else.
What to do if you come across a Jetstar scam
Finally, a big thank you to all our customers who let us know every time they spot a Jetstar scam online. Your efforts are making the internet a safer place for everyone.