According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, the “Carnival Cruise Fans” Facebook Page is giving away twenty boxes each containing a Carnival Cruise for 4 along with other “goodies”.
The post, which claims to be from the Carnival Cruise CEO, features images depicting a man standing beside a stack of boxes with Carnival Cruise Line branding.
In comments under the post, the Page owners claim that you must click the blue Sign Up button near the top of the page and submit your details for a chance to win one of the boxes.
However, the post and Facebook Page that published it are fraudulent. They have no connection whatsoever to Carnival Cruise Line and those who participate have no chance of winning one of the promised goodie boxes or any other prizes. There ARE no prizes.
The image used in the scam post was stolen from a 2015 news post published by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth. The pictured boxes actually held 100,000 petition signatures that were to be sent to Carnival Cruise Lines. The scammers have altered the image so that the boxes appear to have Carnival Cruise labels.
The bogus giveaway is a typical Facebook survey scam that is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on suspect websites. If you click the Sign Up button, you will be taken to a website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for submitting your name, address, and contact details.
However, the information you supply will be shared with third-party marketing companies who will inundate you with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters promoting their dodgy products and services.
By sharing and commenting on the fake giveaway post, you are helping the scammers get new victims and exposing your friends and family to the scam as well.
Facebook giveaway scams like this are very common and have used the names of many high-profile companies around the world. Several earlier versions have also falsely claimed to be giving away Carnival Cruise Line tickets. Another very similar scam that uses the same stolen images claims to be giving away P&O Cruises.
There is no mention of the supposed box giveaway on the genuine Carnival Cruise Line Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified icon”.
If one of these scam posts crosses your News Feed, don’t be tempted to participate. And let the person who posted it know that the message is a scam.
A screenshot of the scam post:
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!