Issue 148 - February 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 11
Free Disneyland Tickets Survey Scam
Various Facebook messages claim that users can receive free tickets to Disneyland by liking and sharing a picture and participating in online surveys.
The supposed giveaways are scams designed to trick people into spamming their friends and participating in bogus online surveys. No matter how many surveys they complete, participants will never receive the promised Disneyland tickets. These offers are not endorsed by and have no connection to Disney. If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links that it contains.
Detailed analysis and references below example.
Last updated: February 5, 2013
First published: February 5, 2013
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
Celebrating a whopping $5.6 Billion profit in 2012, Disneyland has decided to giveaway free tickets to facebook users!
To get yours, Follow the steps below :
1) Like & Share this picture
2) Comment how many tickets you need (1-4)
3) Enter in the draw! -> http://disneyfreegifts.net/
p.s We already contacted last contest winners
For several months, various messages offering free tickets to Disneyland have been distributed across Facebook. The messages typically link to Facebook Pages that supposedly instruct uses how they can claim their free tickets. To get tickets, users are told they must like and share a particular image or message, make a comment about their tickets via their Timeline and then follow a link to a third-party website and participate in various online surveys.
However, these "offers" are not official Disneyland promotions and have no connection to Disney whatsoever. The messages are typical survey scams
. Users who fall for the ruse and follow links in the messages will first be tricked into spamming the same fake promotion to their friends by "liking" or "sharing" the bogus promotions page and making comments about the supposed giveaway. Next, they will be told they must complete a survey before receiving their free tickets:
Some of the "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.
No matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive their promised tickets.
The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Such survey scams are very common
on Facebook. Beware of any messages offering free prizes, vouchers, gift cards or products such as iPads or iPhones
. Any message that claims that you must like and share an item and participate in online surveys before receiving a promised prize is likely to be a survey scam and should be avoided.
Note also that some survey scam versions attempt to trick users into installing a rogue Facebook application as part of the first steps to receiving their (non-existent) gifts. Once given permission by the user, these rogue apps can then repeatedly spam the user's friends with more bogus promotions and scam posts.
If one of these bogus messages comes your way, do not click on any links that it may contain. Do not "like" or "share" any of their messages or Pages. Do not install any of their Facebook apps.
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