Six Flags is not giving away 4 free tickets to celebrate 60 years
A new Facebook phishing scam that falsely claims Six Flags is giving away 4 free tickets per family to celebrate 60 years of service is currently in circulation on the social network.
This new Facebook scam says that you can get 4 free tickets to Six Flags if you follow steps posted on a third-party website and share a post about the giveaway. However, Six Flags is not giving away 4 free tickets to celebrate 60 years of service. Six Flags was founded on August 5, 1961, which doesn’t even make it 60 yet.
Facebook scams like the ‘4 free tickets to Six Flags scam’ are unoriginal; Scams that make use of the same blueprint are all over the site. However, the impact of each scam scales from mild (obtaining Facebook likes or clout) to severe (advanced fee fraud, fraud in general, extortion). Some scammers simply want to gather Facebook likes (like-farming) and other scammers seek money or sensitive information by alleging that you can obtain a reward if you like something on Facebook.
The purpose of the scam we’re discussing and the reason why scammers are uttering that Six Flags is giving away 4 free tickets to celebrate 60 years of service is to phish your personal information such as your full name, email address, and home address.
If you visit the link associated with the scam you will be forwarded to a potentially dangerous survey website that will ask you 3 simple questions. The site does not utilize a security certificate which means that the connection is not secure and your interaction with the site is not protected.
Here’s an example of 3 questions the site may ask you if you proceed to visit:
- Q 1: Have you ever been to Sixflags?
- Q 2: Have you ever heard of our rides and events?
- Q 3: Would you like to visit Sixflags with your family and friends?
Once you answer the 3 multiple choice questions the web page will say that it is sending your answers and analyzing your answers. Next, the page will say “Congratulation! You won 4 FREE Tickets to Sixflags” and you will be shown 2 steps to complete.
- Step 1: Share this page by clicking on “SHARE” and enter “Thank you Sixflags” in the comments field!
- Step 2: Click on “Like”
When these 2 steps are completed the page will forward you to another website. The new website contains multiple surveys and will ask you for information such as your name, email address, home address, interests, hobbies, and more.
If your information is handed over to the website you can expect to receive unwanted calls from telemarketers and scammers, junk mail at home, and questionable email messages. Your sensitive information may also be collected and sold by third-parties and used for obscure intentions.
Your personal information is lucrative to third-parties and can be used against you in ways that can have a negative effect on your life. Protecting your privacy is important and making sure that your information is not handed over to scammers is something that should be taken very seriously.