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Issue 160 - August, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 13

Six Flags Free Season Tickets Like-Farming Scam

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Message being distributed on Facebook claims that Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to Facebook users who like and share a promotional image and click a link to claim their prize.

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Brief Analysis
The claims are false. No Six Flags tickets are being given away. The message is a scam designed to trick users into liking and promoting a fake Facebook Page and participating in bogus online surveys.

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Celebrating An Amazing $2.3 Billion in revenue in 2013 we at Six Flags have decided to end your summer vacation off with a bang by giving away 333 Six Flags Season Tickets to YOU our fans!

To be entered to win all you have to do is the following:
1. LIKE and SHARE this photo!
2. To Claim Your Free Tickets Click the following link --> 

[Link Removed]

and that's it!

Good Luck, SixFlags

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Detailed Analysis

According to a message currently being distributed across Facebook, theme park group Six Flags is giving away season tickets to Facebook users who like and share a picture and then click a link to claim the prize. The message claims that the company has decided to give away the season tickets to celebrate an amazing $2.3 Billion in revenue in 2013".

However, the message and the associated Facebook Page has no connection to Six Flags whatsoever and the claims that season tickets are being given away is a lie. There are no free tickets and no winners.

The message is an attempt by online scammers to trick users into liking and sharing the bogus promotional material and participating in survey scams.

By posing as a well-known entity and offering attractive prizes as bait, the like-farmers running the scheme hope to amass a large number of likes for their fake Facebook Page in a short period of time. Pages with large numbers of likes can later be sold on the black market to other scammers and unscrupulous Internet marketers. The pages can then be re-purposed and used to promote dubious products and services to a wide audience.  The fake Pages may also be used to launch further scam and spam campaigns. The operators of the Pages may try to trick some users into divulging large amounts of personal information by informing them that they have won a (non-existent) prize.

This Six Flags version also doubles as a survey scam. Those who like and share the image as instructed and then click the link to claim their prize will be taken to a third-party website and told that they must participate in a survey before receiving their free Six Flags tickets.  Some of the surveys offered will attempt to trick participants into subscribing to very expensive SMS "services" charged at several dollars per message. Other surveys may entice users into providing their personal and contact details by signing up for dubious offers. No matter how many surveys users participate in, they will never receive the promised Six Flags tickets. Six Flags has been targeted in the past via similar survey scam campaigns.

Like-farming survey scams are increasingly common on Facebook.  Be wary of any message or Page that promises expensive prizes in exchange for liking and sharing.  Do not like such Pages or share their material. Do not click on any links in the bogus posts because they are likely to lead to survey scam websites.

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Last updated: August 6, 2013
First published: August 6, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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