Royal Caribbean Facebook Survey Scam
A Facebook Page that claims to be associated with cruise line Royal Caribbean is supposedly giving away free cruise tickets for a two week holiday topped up with $2500 spending money. According to the Page, all you need do for a chance to win is share a promotional post, add a comment thanking Royal Caribbean, and click a link to enter the competition.
However, the Page is fraudulent. It has no connection to Royal Caribbean and it is not giving away any prizes. In fact, the Page is a typical survey scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same scam messages and divulging your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
The link opens a fake Royal Caribbean webpage that instructs you to share the page and add your comment.
If you fall for the ruse and share the fake prize post and add a comment, you will help to promote the scam across Facebook. You will also expose your Facebook friends to the scam. Because you have effectively endorsed the post by sharing and commenting, your friends may be more inclined to think it is legitimate.
After you have shared and commented, a 'claim now' button will appear on the page. (See screenshot at bottom of this article). But clicking the button does not take you to a claim page as you might expect. Instead, a popup window will inform you that you must first complete a survey before you can finalise your prize entry. The popup will include several survey links for you to choose from.
The links open suspect third-party survey and offer websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name, phone number, email address and mailing address. However, fine print on the page will state that, by providing your information, you are consenting to being contacted by third party marketers. Thus, you will soon begin receiving phone calls, emails, and surface letters that try to get you to buy various products and services that you probably don't want or need.
And, alas, no matter how many surveys you participate in, you will never get to complete your entry for the - non existent - Royal Caribbean cruise tickets.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Page will collect fees via unscrupulous affiliate marketing programs each time a person provides information on one of the survey sites.
Unlike the fake Page, the genuine Royal Caribbean International Facebook Page includes Facebook's blue 'Verified Page' tick. The fake Page includes a period at the end of the Page name. Scammers commonly use this trick because it allows them to create fake pages with names very similar to that of companies they are targeting.
Survey scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Many similar fake Pages have attempted to lure victims by promising free cruises, holidays, or airline tickets. Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that offers valuable prizes just for liking, sharing, commenting, and filling in surveys.
Last updated: August 24, 2015
First published: August 24, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
Royal Caribbean International Facebook Page
Facebook Survey Scams