A new scam message has been circulating around the social networking site Facebook, where it promises to giveaway free tickets to Cedar Point Amusement Park, which is called as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.
The scam is spreading with the following title – “Receive 4 Free Tickets To Cedar Point (Limited Time Only)” along with the message – “Cedar Point is currently giving away 4 free tickets to each Facebook user for a limited time!”
Clicking the scam link take you to a bogus page where you are asked to “share” and “like” a Facebook page. You are also asked to add a comment stating “Thanks, I love Cedar Point,” even before you get the free tickets. Once done, you will be redirected to another page that appears as shown below -
From the site, it is known that users are asked to complete a total of 6 ‘Reward Offers.’ It is also mentioned that “the minimum cost to complete two offers in the Premium Rewards Group is $3,000.” This is completely ridiculous. The site first specified to giveaway free tickets, but now it states that the user must purchase rewards in order to get the tickets. This is simply a scam message and it is advised that you avoid clicking it or complete the mentioned steps.
Scammers usually create fake messages like this to drive traffic to their website or get users to complete online surveys. Getting users to complete surveys will fetch the scammers’ some money. Sometimes, you are asked to enter your personal information and credentials. Entering your details is risky as scammers might sell them to third party organizations or exploit them.
There are several such Pages created on Facebook, and it is advised not to fall for such tricks and complete the mentioned steps. There is no way you will get a free ticket to Cedar Point or any other gift by simply “liking” an image or a Facebook Page.
It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.