According to a post being distributed on Facebook, you can get five free movie tickets from the UK’s Cineworld Cinemas. Supposedly, Cineworld is giving away the tickets due to its 1ooth anniversary. However, the post is not associated with Cineworld and those who click will not receive any free movie tickets.
The post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into spamming your Facebook friends and divulging your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
If you click the post in the hope of grabbing your free tickets, you will be taken to a fraudulent prize claim website designed to look like it is part of Facebook. The site tells you that, to get your tickets, you must first share the information via Facebook and then send a site link to 5 Facebook groups you belong to. If you comply with these ‘2 simple steps’, you are effectively spamming your friends and fellow group members on behalf of the scammers.
And, even after you complete the required steps and click the claim button, you will still not get your free tickets. Instead, a popup window will appear that claims that you must verify your entry by participating in an online survey. The popup will contain links to several available surveys.
Clicking the links will take you to various third-party websites that offer you the chance to win prizes in exchange for supplying you name and contact details. However, entry conditions included on the sites will state that the information you supply will be shared with site sponsors and other marketing groups. Thus, after participating, you will begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters from companies trying to sell you various products and services.
In some versions, the survey page will ask for your mobile phone number as part of the entry procedure. However, fine print on the page will state that, by supplying your number, you are actually subscribing to an ongoing SMS ‘club’ that will charge you several dollars for every text message they send you.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Cineworld post will earn affiliate commissions every time a person participates in one of the surveys. And no amount of participation will ever get you the promised free tickets, which never existed to begin with.
For the record, Cineworld was founded in 1995 so even the 100th anniversary claim in the scam post is a lie.
Scams similar to this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any Facebook post that claims that you can win free tickets, vouchers, coupons, holidays, tech products, or luxury cars just by liking, sharing, and filling in surveys.
Last updated: November 16, 2015
First published: November 16, 2015
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!