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.