There are a number of fake Walt Disney World pages on Facebook that attempt to trick users into thinking that they can win tickets if they share and like some posts.
One of these pages was first spotted by Hoax Slayer. Currently, there seem to be at least four such scam pages. The following message is posted on them every few hours:
“Good news were giving you and 50 other people a chance to win an all paid for Florida, Disney World vacation with passes to every park. Each winner will receive 4 tickets each for a date of your choice with $2,000 spending money. To enter just share & like this photo. (Comment to double your chances). Good luck, competition ends in 48 hours. Winners will be posted.”
Each of the scam Walt Disney World pages has been liked by thousands of users. The bogus posts have been liked and shared by tens of thousands of unsuspecting Facebook customers.
In reality, no one gets the tickets, no matter how many times they share the photos, or how many comments they publish.
So what are the scammers after? In this case, their goal is to harvest as many likes as possible for their Facebook pages. Once a page has tens of thousands of likes, it can be repurposed by its owners or sold to others on the underground market.
A Facebook page with a large number of likes can be worth a lot because it can be successfully utilized to advertise all sorts of shady products, services or websites.
These like-farming scams have been making the rounds for quite some time now. The scammers leverage the names of various world-renowned companies in an effort to trick users.
The reputation of Disney has been leveraged by scammers on a number of occasions in the past. In addition to Disney, other fake pages claim to represent BMW, Chevrolet and other major car makers.
Users who come across such Facebook pages are advised not to like or share any of the posts. Instead, report the pages to Facebook. Although it might seem that there’s no harm in liking a picture on Facebook, users who interact with the scammers’ pages are actually contributing to the success of the campaign.
After the scam page is repurposed, those who liked it might end up with all sorts of malicious links in their feed.