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Delta Airlines Survey Scam

Outline
Facebook Page masquerading as an official Delta Airlines Page claims that it is giving Facebook users who share a promotional image and click a link the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Disney World.

Survey Scam Warning

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Brief Analysis
The Page is bogus and has no connection to Delta Airlines. The Page is not giving away trips to Disney World. There are no winners. The Page is a survey scam designed to trick users into participating in suspect online surveys.

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We're giving away a trip to Disney World for 5 people to 15 lucky winners, all paid for with $2,000 spending money.

Want to win? Just Share this photo then go here: [Link Removed]

15 random shares will be chosen tomorrow night where them 15 people will win 5 tickets each. Winners will be messaged VIA Facebook. Good luck!


Delta Airlines Survey Scam


Detailed Analysis


According to this Facebook Page and the associated messages that it tricks users into spamming across their network, people who share an image and click a link can win a trip to Disney World, complete with $2000 spending money. The page bills itself as an official Delta Airlines Facebook Page.

However, the page is not connected to Delta airlines and it is not giving away trips to Disneyland or any other prizes. In fact, the Page is designed to trick people into following the link and participating in various suspect online surveys and offers.

Those who take the bait and click the link will be taken to a page that hosts an online entry form for the supposed competition. However, the entry form is obscured by a pop-up window that informs visitors that they must complete a survey before they can continue with their entry.

Clicking the survey link takes users to third party websites that offer various prizes in exchange for participating. Some of the "survey" pages 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. Other sites ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize.

No matter how many surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never be allowed to fill in the - entirely bogus –entry form.

The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim 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.

These fake pages often try to get people to like the page and promotional material as well as go to survey scam websites. Pages with large numbers of likes can later be sold on the black market and rebranded to fit the marketing requirements of the buyers. These like-farming pages may also be used to launch further spam and scam campaigns.

Be wary of any Facebook message or Page that claims that you can win expensive prizes just for liking and sharing. And don't trust any Facebook message that claims that, to get a chance to win a promised prize, you must first visit a third party website and fill in a survey.

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Last updated: August 15, 2013
First published: August 15, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
Facebook Like-Farming Scams




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