Circulating Facebook post claims that amusement park Six Flags is giving away free tickets as a means of celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The post is fraudulent and it is not associated with Six Flags. Those who participate will never receive the promised tickets. The post is designed to trick people into submitting their personal information on suspect ‘prize offer’ websites.
According to a post being shared across Facebook, you can click to get 3 free tickets to the amusement park Six Flags. The post claims that the company is giving away the tickets as a means of celebrating its 70th anniversary.
However, the post is not associated with Six Flags and no tickets are being given away. It is yet another scam designed to get your personal information.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a website that asks you to complete a brief – and utterly pointless – survey about Six Flags. Your answers will be ‘analysed’ and, lo and behold, you will be selected to win the three free tickets. In fact, no matter what answers you supply, the outcome will be the same. The survey is simply a smokescreen to make the prize claim seem more believable.
Next, you will be asked to share the website via Facebook and then send a direct link to the site to 15 of your friends. If you carry out these two steps, you are in fact promoting the scam across Facebook and playing right into the hands of the scammers.
After you have completed the two steps, you can then click a button, ostensibly to claim your free tickets.
However, instead of a ticket claim form, you will be told that you must verify your entry by completing a survey. The page will present you with a list of survey links to choose from.
The links lead to third-party websites that offer the chance to win prizes in exchange for participating in surveys and providing your name and contact details. However, fine print on the pages will explain that the information you provide will be shared with site sponsors and marketing firms. So, soon after participating, you will begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters peddling various products and services.
The scammers who created the bogus Six Flags giveaway will earn commissions each time somebody enters his or her personal details on one of the survey sites.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to claim the free tickets, which never existed in the first place.
For the record, Six Flags is not 70 years old in 2016. The first park opened in 1961.
Last updated: July 20, 2016
First published: July 20, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!