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Issue 159 - August, 2013 (1st Edition) - Page 13

'Disneyland SuMMer Vacation' Free Tickets Like-Farming Scam

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Facebook Page claims to be giving away several hundred tickets to Disneyland because the tickets have been returned and therefore cannot be sold.

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Brief Analysis
The Page is bogus and has no connection to Disneyland whatsoever. There are no free Disneyland tickets as claimed. The Page is a like-farming scam designed to trick Facebook users into liking the Page and promoting its bogus material.

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We have 412 tickets that have been returned therefore we can NOT resell them, and have no choice but to give them away to YOU our fans!

To be entered to win all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE and SHARE this photo!

and that's it!

The winner's will be notified on 07/29/2013 via INBOX message!

Good Luck, Disneyland~!

disneyland like farming scam


Detailed Analysis


A Facebook Page billing itself as ‘Disneyland SuMMer Vacation' is just one more in a recent series of Facebook like-farming scams that have been plaguing the network. The bogus Page claims to be giving away several hundred Disneyland tickets to users willing to like and share the Page's material. According to the Page, the tickets are being given away because they have been returned and therefore cannot be resold.

However, the Page has no association with the real Disneyland whatsoever and it is not giving away free tickets as claimed. Its purpose is to trick Facebook users into interacting with the Page by liking, sharing and commenting.

Like-farmers try to garner as many likes for their bogus pages as possible in the shortest possible time. By tricking people into sharing their material and making comments, the like-farmers are able to promote their scam Page to a wide audience, thereby collecting even more likes. Pages with high like numbers can later be sold on the black market, renamed and re-branded to suit the goals of the buyer, and used to promote the buyer's products or services. They can also be used to collect personal information from participants, and function as platforms for other types of fraudulent activity. 

Recent cases indicate that, after the initial "giveaways", these Pages may then begin promoting a new - and equally bogus - competition in which users are told that they must click a link and participate in various surveys before being entered into the prize draw.  Thus, the Pages often morph into typical survey scams.

No matter how many surveys they fill out, victims will never receive the promised prize. Those tricked into participating in the bogus surveys, may inadvertently subscribe to expensive SMS "services" charged at several dollars per text. Or they may be tricked into divulging their personal and contact details when signing up to dodgy online "offers".  The promise of free Disneyland tickets has been used in several previous survey scams.

The claim that an item must be given away because it has been returned or has been unsealed is a common ruse used by like-farmers and survey scammers. Of course, it is absurd to suggest that a ticket to a venue needs to be given away because it cannot be resold. The venue is selling a visit, not the ticket itself.

More and more like-farming Pages are springing up on Facebook every day. Despite a good deal of publicity, people continue to fall for the scams.  Don't be fooled! Be wary of any Facebook message that claims that you can win an expensive prize just by liking a Page or sharing a picture. If you come across such a "promotion", do not like, share or comment on its material.

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Last updated: July 22, 2013
First published: July 22, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Harvey Norman Like Farming Scam
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
Free Disneyland Tickets Survey Scam
Beware - 'Unsealed' Product Giveaways on Facebook
Facebook Like-Farming Scams



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