‘Disney Cruises’ Facebook Page claims that you can click to get a chance to win a cruise.
The Page is fraudulent and has no connection to Disney Cruise Line. There is no prize. The fake Page is designed to trick Facebook users into subscribing to expensive SMS ‘services’ or calling premium rate phone numbers.
This Facebook Page, which calls itself ‘Disney Cruises.’, promises you the chance to win a Disney Cruise. Note that the full stop is part of the name. At the time of writing, the Page has only one post (shown above) that advises you to click to enter for a chance to win. The Page features the Disney Cruise Line logo as its profile image.
However, the Facebook Page has no connection to Disney Cruise Line and it is not giving away the promised cruise prize. In fact, the Page is a scam that tries to trick you into subscribing to expensive SMS services or calling a premium phone number that will charge you several dollars per minute.
If you click the fake prize post, you will be taken to a a webpage that has been built to look like it is part of Facebook (see second screenshot above). The page first asks if you are a resident of the United States.
If you click ‘yes’, you will be taken to a third-party website that first asks for your name and phone number and then instructs you to call a premium rate phone number for a chance to win various prizes. You can earn points by calling the premium rate number and answering as many questions as possible. However, you will be charged several dollars for every minute that you stay on the prize line.
If you click ‘no’ you will be taken to a third-party website that promises access to various HTML5 games in exchange for supplying your mobile phone number. However, if you do supply your phone number and then enter the PIN that is sent to your number, you will in fact be subscribing to an ongoing SMS service that will charge you several dollars each time it sends you a message.
And, neither of these third-party sites will ever give you the chance to win the promised Disney Cruise. The fraudsters who create the fake Facebook Page will earn commissions each time somebody participates on one of the third-party sites.
The bogus webpage also asks UK residents to click a separate link. The link opens another fraudulent ‘cruise’ Facebook Page aimed specifically at UK residents.
Note that the genuine Facebook Page for Disney cruises is called ‘Disney Cruise Line’ not ‘Disney Cruises.’ and features Facebook’s blue ‘Verified’ icon. Scammers often create fake Facebook Pages with names that include punctuation marks such as full stops. This ruse allows them to create Pages with names very similar to the Facebook Page of the company that they are targeting.
Disney is regularly targeted in Facebook like-farming and survey scams. Be very cautious of any Facebook Page or post that claims to be associated with Disney and offers expensive Disney prizes in exchange for liking and sharing or participating in surveys.
Official Disney Facebook Pages will likely feature Facebook’s ‘verified’ icon beside their Page names.
Last updated: April 4, 2016
First published: April 4, 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!