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.
An example of the scam post and website:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!