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‘Free Disney Tickets’ Beat ‘Profile Stalkers’ in Top Facebook Scams

Tens of thousands of users have been tricked by a new Disney ticket scam on Facebook. The like-farming trick has beat the popular “guess who viewed your profile” as the top Facebook scam.

A new Facebook page titled ‘Disneyland SuMMer Vacation’ claims hundreds of victims from one hour to the next by promising a holiday in the famous entertainment park. The scam has currently outclassed the most popular scam circulating on Facebook so far – “guess who viewed your profile”.

Almost a quarter of all Facebook scams circulating on the social network now trick users to like and share the Disney scam, according to statistics by Bitdefender Safego, a free social media tool that protects users from e-threats such as malware, fraud, phishing and spam. 

The second spot in the top Facebook scams is claimed by a well-known trick making waves since the social network became popular. Over 14 per cent of the total Facebook scams are variations of the “Guess who viewed your profile” in English, Arabic and Spanish.

‘Free Disney Tickets’ Beat ‘Profile Stalkers’ in Top Facebook Scams The Disney ticket scam managed to beat the “profile stalkers” popularity because it’s based on like-farming. By promising free tickets to Disneyland, cyber-criminals tricked tens of thousands of users to like and share their picture and message on their timeline. The number of victims grows rapidly and the bogus Disney page itself has already gathered over a thousand likes.

“We have 412 tickets that have been returned therefore we can NOT resell them, and have no choice but to give them away to YOU our fans!,” the spam message reads. As the winners will be notified on the 29th July, we can expect many more victims to fall for the scam. 

Though security companies and experts have warned people about these scams for a couple of years, they always find new victims. In this particular example, one tech-savvy user even shared a link to Hoax Slayer, who warned about the Disney scam. Dreaming about the promised vacation, victims ignored the warning and continued to rush into liking and spreading the scam.

‘Free Disney Tickets’ Beat ‘Profile Stalkers’ in Top Facebook Scams “Oh I want to go back so bad,” one user said. “If this isn’t fake, it would be awesome considering I’ve never been to Disney,” said another. “Who wouldn’t want tickets to the happiest place on earth?,” asked another victim.

Like-farming pages are created to gather as many likes as possible for commercial purposes. Cyber-criminals profit from selling the pages for black marketing. They can also use them for fraud, targeted phishing and malware attacks. Other similar like-farming pages created on Facebook promised free McDonald’s, South Airlines and Converse vouchers and giveaways.

Users are advised not to click on these empty promises to prevent the scams for spreading further. They can also install Safego, the Bitdefender tool that protects them from social media threats, and keep their antivirus updated.

This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Andrei Serbanoiu, Bitdefender Software Analyst.  

All product and company names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of, and may be trademarks of, their respective owners. 

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Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who’s always on to a cybertrendy story. She’s the industry news guru, who’ll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.

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Comments (9)

  • JJ

    You use the terms “victim” and “scam” as if these people actually lost anything other than their hopes and dreams (and dignity, if you ask me); as if “Likes” have any actual monetary value..

    Are people on Facebook gullible as shit? Of course.
    But that’s like asking if people on Facebook are gullible as shit.

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  • Bianca Stanescu

    Hello JJ, and thank you for your comment! :) Their ‘likes’ could finally have a monetary value, as these pages are created for commercial purposes. Though this trick may not be as dangerous as malicious URLs spreading on social networks, we use the word “scam” because it describes the mechanism in a simple way.

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  • Mearcatt

    jj, these pages could eventually trick people into filling our surveys to phish for personal information, bank numbers, pretty much anything. if people are dumb enough to not realize it’s a scam and give out their cc number thinking they will win a trip, yeah, they are victims. stupid victims, but victims nonetheless.

    everyone needs to do what i do and report these pages to fb every time a new one pops up. i did a search and there are dozens with the same name. and i tell my friend who post it to unlike and delete the photo so they don’t get caught in the middle of something.

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  • Mike C

    How long do these pages last on FB? If there is no connection to Disneyland, then the pages are in some sort of copyright violation, therefore why doesnt FB take them down? Have you contacted anyone at FB and asked If and What they are doing about these pages?

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  • Bianca Stanescu

    Hello Mike, thank you for your comment and interesting questions. These fake profiles are indeed illegal and violating copyright. They usually get reported and taken down quickly. However, they can fool many users in a couple of days, and scammers just create new ones after they are deleted…

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  • TM

    I don’t agree that they are taken down quickly. Facebook are very slow to act if they act at all. I have reported scams to Facebook and nothing seems to be done. Weeks later, the pages and posts are still there, with fresh posts still being liked and shared by gullible people. Then again, I have reported harassment/bullying/threatening/explicit posts and received a message back saying the messages allegedly do not violate Facebook’s terms of use so go figure.

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    • Mike C

      Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. Here’s an idea. Lets fight back using their own tactic. Create a page exposing the scams along with the content of FB not doing anything about it. Put the quote of them saying its not violating their terms of use. Send a link to a local new channel. Put FB in the spotlight forcing them to act on it. Just an idea.

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  • Stephanie Cormier

    I actually liked and shared that post, and i also filled out the information with my name, phone #, etc that they needed…I got a call last night from this #:506-XXX-XXXX saying that i had won. They went over all my information and said that i would receive all the info in my gmail and also by mail.
    Then they wanted my visa # to pay for taxes…$287 each for 2 people. That’s when i told them to send me the info first and that i would call them back if i was satisfied…he said they couldn’t do before giving my card #…so i just hung up the phone. They called again 2 times the same evening. I tried calling back just to see and it said all lines were occupied…They were so convincing, i’m certain alot of people fell for it.

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    • Mike C

      Its a good thing you stopped when they asked for your credit card information. Why should you pay for the taxes, if they were giving them away for free? The taxes were already payed for. A few years ago, someone called me, and asked for me by name. I acknowledged who i was and the other person was saying i was approved to increase my credit limit to 20k, all they needed was for me to veryify who i was. He wanted me to give him my SS#. I said no thanks and was about to hang up. He said, dont you wanna have a higher credit limit? I then told him, Now how can i get a higher credit limit, when i dont even have a credit card. I never applied for any, therefore we shouldnt be having this conversation. Also told him i have caller ID, and i will be reporting his number to the local FBI fraud department. He hung up me. I am wary about anyone calling or sending me stuff through the mail. If i didnt ask for it, then its most likely a scam.

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