People are currently sharing a Facebook post that claims that Walt Disney World is giving away 5 free tickets per family as a means of celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The post features an image that supposedly depicts one of the free tickets.
However, the post is fraudulent. It has no connection to Disney and those who participate have no chance of getting the promised free tickets.
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends and giving your personal details to dodgy online marketing companies.
If you click on the scam post, you will be taken to a website that first asks you to complete a short survey about Walt Disney World. The site will pretend to check your answers and then inform you that you have been selected as a winner of the free tickets. In fact, no matter what answers you give, you will always be told that you have won.
Next, you will be instructed to share and like the bogus web page on Facebook before you can receive your free tickets. By demanding that you share and like, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent giveaway is seen by an ever-increasing number of potential victims.
But, even after you share and like, you will still not get access to the promised tickets. Instead, you will be told that you must verify your entry by clicking a link.
The link opens a third-party website that promises you the chance of winning further prizes in exchange for registering with your name, email address, phone numbers, and home address. The information you provide will be shared with “site sponsors” and marketing companies.
So, soon after participating, you will be inundated with unwanted marketing calls, emails, text messages, and letters promoting a range of dodgy products and services.
And, alas, even after registering on the website as instructed, you will still not get your free Disney tickets. In fact, the promised tickets do not exist.
Facebook giveaway scams like this are commonplace. Scammers regularly use the Disney name in their fraudulent giveaways.
The scammers often make the false claim that a targetted company is giving away coupons, vouchers, or tickets to celebrate an anniversary.
For the record, Walt Disney World is not celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 as claimed in the scam post. A 2015 version of the same scam also falsely claimed that tickets were being given away to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
A screenshot of the scam post:
A screenshot of the scam 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!