According to a post that is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook, you can click to get 5 free tickets for the popular UK theme park Alton Towers. Supposedly, the tickets are being given away as a means of celebrating the theme park’s 39th anniversary.
However, the post is a typical Facebook survey scam. It has no connection to Alton Towers and those who participate will never receive the promised tickets.
The scam is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on dodgy survey websites.
If you click the post, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to complete a brief survey about your previous experiences with Alton Towers. But, no matter what answers you give, you will always be selected as a winner of the free tickets.
Next, the bogus site instructs you to share and like on Facebook. This ensures that the fake giveaway spreads rapidly across the network and is seen by an ever-growing number of potential victims.
If you like and share, you will be told that you must verify your details by participating in one or more online surveys.
A popup window offers a list of survey links to choose from. The links open various websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for filling in surveys and supplying your name and contact details.
But, if you proceed, the sites will share your details with third-party marketing companies. These companies will then begin harassing you via unwanted emails, text messages, phone calls, and letters that try to entice you to buy products and services that you most likely neither want nor need.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never receive the promised free Alton Towers tickets.
Be cautious of any Facebook Page or post that promises the chance to win valuable prizes just for liking, sharing, and filling in surveys. While there are legitimate giveaways on Facebook, many are scams that are not giving away any prizes at all and are not associated with the companies they claim to represent.