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Issue 162 - September, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 21

Carnival Cruise Free Vacation Packages Survey Scam

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Message purporting to be from "Carnival Cruise" claims that Facebook users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package by liking and sharing a promotional image and clicking a link to apply for the free tickets.

Cruise ship Carnival Triumph on the Caribbean Sea

© Stephen Goodwin

Brief Analysis
The message is a scam and has no connection to Carnival Cruise Lines. There is no prize. The message is designed to trick users into promoting the bogus material and participating in a survey scam.

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We at ~Carnival Cruise~ are currently having a great year and would like to share our good fortune with our loving fans! We are giving away Vacation Packages to any of our cruise locations. Which will include all expenses paid for 7 days (ROOM - SUITE & $1,200 SPENDING MONEY) for you and 3 of your friends.

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 , ~Carnival Cruise~

Carnival Cruise

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which is being spammed across Facebook, "~Carnival Cruise~" is giving away all-expenses-paid Vacation Packages to any of their cruise locations. All users need do to win, explains the message, is to like and share a promotional image and then click a link to claim the free tickets.

However, the message is a scam. No vacation packages are being given away and those who participate will win nothing whatsoever. The message – and its associated Facebook Page – has no connection to Carnival Cruise Lines.

The real Carnival Cruise Lines has confirmed via its Facebook Page that the supposed promotion is not legitimate. 

The scam has two primary purposes:

1: To trick Facebook users into promoting the bogus message by liking, sharing and commenting. By interacting with the message, users are effectively spamming their friends with the same fake prize scam material. And, Facebook Pages that accumulate a large number of likes can later be sold on the black market to other unscrupulous Internet marketers and/or rebranded for use in further spam and scam campaigns.

2: To trick users into participating in suspect online surveys.  Those who click the link to claim their "prize" will be told that they must participate in one or more surveys before they can submit their prize application form:

Carnival Cruise

When users click on the survey links, they will be taken to various third party websites that offer further prize entries for survey participation. Often, users will be told that they must enter their phone number to subscribe to a very expensive text message service as a condition of entry. Or, they might be asked to provide personal and contact information, which will result in them receiving unwanted promotional phone calls, emails and junk mail.

The people who create these survey scams receive commissions via dodgy affiliate marketing schemes whenever a user starts an SMS subscription or provides their personal information.

Survey and like-farming scams are becoming increasingly common on Facebook. Scammers are creating new versions targeting many different companies every day. Beware of any Page or message that claims that you can win an expensive prize just by liking and sharing. And any promotion that claims that you must participate in third party surveys before being allowed to enter should be regarded as highly suspect.

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Last updated: September 4, 2013
First published: September 4, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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Carnival Cruise Lines
Facebook Survey Scams
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