If you fall for the ruse and share the fake prize post and add a comment, you will help to promote the scam across Facebook. You will also expose your Facebook friends to the scam. Because you have effectively endorsed the post by sharing and commenting, your friends may be more inclined to think it is legitimate.
After you have shared and commented, a ‘claim now’ button will appear on the page. (See screenshot at bottom of this article). But clicking the button does not take you to a claim page as you might expect. Instead, a popup window will inform you that you must first complete a survey before you can finalise your prize entry. The popup will include several survey links for you to choose from.
The links open suspect third-party survey and offer websites that promise the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your name, phone number, email address and mailing address. However, the fine print on the page will state that, by providing your information, you are consenting to be contacted by third-party marketers. Thus, you will soon begin receiving phone calls, emails, and surface letters that try to get you to buy various products and services that you probably don’t want or need.
And, alas, no matter how many surveys you participate in, you will never get to complete your entry for the – non-existent – Royal Caribbean cruise tickets.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Page will collect fees via unscrupulous affiliate marketing programs each time a person provides information on one of the survey sites.
Unlike the fake Page, the genuine Royal Caribbean International Facebook Page includes Facebook’s blue ‘Verified Page’ tick. The fake Page includes a period at the end of the Page name. Scammers commonly use this trick because it allows them to create fake pages with names very similar to that of companies they are targeting.
Survey scams like this one are very common on Facebook. Many similar fake Pages have attempted to lure victims by promising free cruises, holidays, or airline tickets. Be wary of any Facebook Page or post that offers valuable prizes just for liking, sharing, commenting, and filling in surveys.
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!