One of my pet peeves has been circulating Facebook again since yesterday. So I dropped EVERYTHING I had to do this afternoon to write this post. Seriously. ALL afternoon. All these pictures didn’t make themselves. So please, dear friends, read it and take it to heart.
Be wary of fake Disney vacations sweepstakes and giveaways on Facebook! Disney will never give away a vacation via a Facebook page. Can I repeat that? Disney will NEVER GIVE AWAY A VACATION ON A FACEBOOK PAGE!
Can I repeat it even larger?
DISNEY WILL NEVER GIVEAWAY A VACATION ON A FACEBOOK PAGE!
No amount of likes, comments, shares or invites will get you to Disney World, or Disneyland, or on a Disney Cruise. (I’ll tell you in a minute WHY people create these fake pages)
Now, Disney does have vacation sweepstakes (yay! good news!) And Disney may advertise on their verified Facebook page (more about that in a minute) but the link will take you to a page that is part of the Disney.com site. And you know it’s a Disney vacation sweepstakes because you will have to login with (or create) your Disney website account. (If you’ve taken a Disney trip then you already have a Disney account – use that login)
So let’s start with the most current one floating around….
But what about Facebook pages that look legit? They have the name, the logos, etc! Well, if you look close enough, they don’t look that legit.
Only legitimate pages can use the proper name of the company. And just so you know it’s Walt Disney World (separate words) Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland (one word). Not Disneyworld, Disney Land, DisneyCruise. Also a period (.) at the end of the name (even if it’s spelled and spaced right) is a sign that it’s fake. Disney is not going to misspell, incorrectly space or erroneously punctuate it’s names.
If there are no posts on the page – or the giveaway post is the only one – FAKE PAGE! Disney is very active on social media. They will have posts! The reason the cruise page example above has 10,000+ people that “like” it and no posts is that after it posts a giveaway and gets people to like the page, it deletes the posts.
March 6, 2016 UPDATE
There is now a new round of scam giveaways going around. If it takes you to an address like this http://disney.magicyourway.club/rsvp/pelts600
Fake, fake, FAKE.
This one even has a what appears to be “real-time comments” including a comment from the Walt Disney World facebook page with the blue and white verification checkmark. Only problem is this is not a “real-time comments” feed. It’s an image. In a real time feed I should be able to click on “Walt Disney World” and it take me to their page. This one does nothing. They made a PICTURE to make it look like the comment came from a legit Disney page.
Even though the giveaway at http://disney.magicyourway.club/rsvp/pelts600 isn’t ON a Facebook page, it still is requiring social media shares to get your tickets and it doesn’t not take you to a real Disney.COM site to enter. Disney.CLUB is not a legit site. So even though this is a new “style” of scam – requiring the social media shares still should fire off red flags all over the palce.
Now I said all that but really, the only thing I should have to say is look for is the blue and white check mark. Really, nothing else should matter because the blue and white check mark says it all. That means that the page has been verified by Facebook as legitimately being who/what they are claiming to be.
That’s really all that should matter. Just look for the mark. No mark – no good. Stay away.
So let’s review shall we?
The top one is a fake page the bottom one is the legitimate page. Do we have it now? Ok, so WHY? WHY do people make fake pages, post giveaways they never intend to make good on and get thousands of people to like, comment and share?
Quite simple actually, bait and switch for a profit. Imagine a person, we will call him Scammer Joe, has a page that 10,000 or more people like. And Skeezy Bob wants to advertise something (most likely something scammy or skeezy). Scammer Joe will sell his 10K+ fan page (something that cost him nothing to make and nothing to advertise because thousands of people advertised it for free!) to Skeezy Bob for money. Now Skeezy Bob wipes it clean, changes the name and puts his own stuff on it.
Have you (or someone you know) ever had a dummy profile made where someone took your (or their) picture and name and made a profile and started friending all your/their friends? Have you every wonder WHY you (or them) were targeted by the scammers? I refer you to Scammer Joe and Skeezy Bob. They have these pages that thousands of people like. What happens when you like a page? That page can see your profile picture and name (even if your posts are private – they can still see those two things). It’s like going fishing in an aquarium. Right in front of them is a list of “easy prey”.
I hope this post has been helpful and that you will pay a little closer attention before you share things on Facebook.
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