Issue 170 - January, 2014 (2nd Edition) - Page 8
'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam
Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win a Disney cruise just by sharing a Disney World video and clicking a link to enter in the draw.
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The message is a scam. There is no prize and the Facebook Page hosting the supposed competition has no connection to Disney in any capacity. The goals of the scammers who created the fake page are to trick people into first promoting their bogus material before redirecting them to third party websites that host suspect online surveys.
Win a Disney Cruise with $2,000 spending money
Great news, we're giving you a chance to get a Disney Cruise for you and 5 friends to 50 people from us with $2,000 spending money for a date of your choice.
To enter Just Share this video then go here: [Link Removed]
Happy New Years & Good luck, competition ends in 48 hours.
According to a message currently appearing on Facebook, users can win a Disney Cruise for 6 people along with $2000 spending money. All users need to enter, claims the message, is to share a promotional video with their Facebook friends and then click a link included in the message.
The promotional message originates from the "Walt Disney World." Facebook Page (note the full stop included in the title).
However, the supposed competition is fake. The Page is not giving a way a cruise holiday as claimed. And, despite its name, the Page has no connection whatsoever with the real Disney.
The Page is a scam designed to trick participants into engaging with suspect online surveys. The bogus prize message first gets users to spam out the same fake promotional material to their friends by sharing it. Then it entices them to click a link that leads to a third-party website.
Once on the fake site, users will be told that they must complete a verification process by participating in various surveys before they can complete their prize entry. But, no matter how many surveys users complete, they will never be allowed to finalize their entry.
Such surveys often ask users to supply a mobile phone number, ostensibly to get survey results or register for a prize. But, fine print on the page will inform users that, by submitting their phone number, they are actually subscribing to an expensive SMS "club" that takes several dollars from the user's phone account every time it sends a text. Other surveys may ask users to provide their name, address and phone number to continue participation. This information will later be shared with online marketers, resulting in unwanted email, phone calls and surface mail.
The scammers who create such bogus Facebook Pages and competitions earn money from affiliate marketing schemes whenever a user participates in a survey.
They are able to create Pages with very similar names to the genuine Pages they are trying to masquerade as by making very small changes to the name. In this case, the scammers have simply put a full stop at the end of the title. Thus, many users may be fooled into believing that they are on the real Walt Disney World Page.
Survey and like-farming scams are increasingly common on Facebook.
Be wary of any Facebook message or Page that claims that you can win an expensive prize just by liking, sharing or commenting. And, if the promotion claims that you must fill in a survey to enter, then you should treat it with suspicion and exit the page.
Last updated: January 10, 2014
First published: January 10, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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