SCAM ALERT: Carnival Cruise Lines 50 tickets left Giveaway if shared on Facebook is Fake, Scam, Malicious – Fake Facebook Page

WARMING WARNING WARNING Facebook and social media users don’t like or Share posts that state Carnival Cruise Lines will give away 50 tickets or any tickets. This is definitely 100% a pure scam intended to trick social media users. The fake carnival post encourages people to share by stating the following:

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We have 50 tickets left, we will pick 10 people who will receive 5 tickets each and we’re giving them away in the next 24 hours.

To enter just share this status then go here: www.carnival-christmas.com. Good luck.

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I am particularly interested in informing users because I recently sailed the Carnival Dream for 7 days with a friend. We had an unforgettable time shopping, eating cuisine, meeting locals, doing excursion, and exploring the culture in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan (Honduras), and Costa Maya, Mexico. Carnival did a fantastic job, as usual, in the food and customer service department so I will return to the seas very soon. I’m a veteran cruiser and Facebook user so I found this informative article to be appropriate. I hope it helps someone.

So the click, share scam is very clever and convincing at first. It starts by asking you to share the post and then go to www(dot)carnival-christmas(dot)com. Now sharing doesn’t initially do any harm but these fraudulent people may be mining your Facebook profile using social engineering to get your personal information which is only intended for your friends or pages you intentionally like on Facebook. Depending on your privacy settings, which can vary person to person, you may be exposing them to your friends list or your activities on Facebook. There’s a lot of uncertainly; just DON’T SHARE OR CLICK THE LINK. As you can see (below) their page is very convincing.

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…..BUT (above) isn’t the real Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Page. The correct and official Carnival Cruise Facebook page looks like (below).

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Here’s the main difference! Notice the real Carnival has over 2.4 million likes versus the fake carnival Facebook page with only 3,396 likes (below) as of today. Carnival sails millions of happy customers so obviously obviously their page will have millions of likes. Now, to an untrained eye you can’t tell the difference because they are illegally using Carnival’s images and logo but also note that Carnival isn’t a church/religious organization (below). The scam/click artists even go as far as stating they are the official Facebook page; NOT TRUE (below)

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I encourage you to look at the initial image and then the official one to note the differences. More importantly, if you want to book legitimate travel with Carnival go to Carnival’s website www.carnival.com or contact a reputable travel agent. I know several. Now, let me show you another red flag. Open Facebook and search for Carnival and the auto-suggestions will populate the following groups…

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Again, the highlighted one is the fraudulent Facebook group. The group with the official, blue checkmark is Carnival’s Official Facebook Page which is safe to click. I’ve already reported the group to Facebook and I’m not sure how well they are policing these fake pages which are more frequent as Facebook’s user-base continues to grow.

So, what will happen if you visit the fake website that they encourage you to click? You will be directed, possibly based on location or other factors to the following…

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and/or you might also see the following: (do not agree or click)

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INSTRUCTIONS: What do you do if clicked? If you did click it then I’d immediately close the window or your browser complete and run a virus scan just to be safe. Most likely you’re good but it’s better to be safe than to compromise your computer. Furthermore, by clicking share I cannot confirm or deny if there is any immediate impact but there could possibly be social networking privacy issues as a result of you the user. Always remember, computers are only as secure as the user (You) who allows information inside irrespective of OS (Windows/Mac/Linux) or browser (Crome/Mozilla/Safari). By clicking the website you are possibly being lured into a click-scam or some type of malicious website that wants you to purchase, buy, give away more personal information, or possibly download a virus (can’t confirm).

You can contact me (link on the left) if you need more information. Also Carnival Cruise Lines @carnivalcruise @carnivalpr is a legitimate travel/cruise company and I’ve given them and the industry a lot of my business because it’s a safe, affordable, and fun way to vacation. I was not paid for this article. Safe travels on and offline. Stay informed.

Trae

Update: 12/16/13

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Carnival wrote back thanking me (screenshot above). They stated these pages are being created quicker than Facebook can remove them.

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SCAM ALERT: Carnival Cruise Lines 50 tickets left Giveaway if shared on Facebook is Fake, Scam, Malicious – Fake Facebook Page

WARMING WARNING WARNING Facebook and social media users don’t like or Share posts that state Carnival Cruise Lines will give away 50 tickets or any tickets. This is definitely 100% a pure scam intended to trick social media users. The fake carnival post encourages people to share by stating the following: ————-START OF SCAM MESSAGE—————— […]