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Knoebels Amusement Resort Issues Warning About Social Media Scam

RALPHO TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An amusement park in Northumberland County has a warning about a social media scam. Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg says th...

RALPHO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An amusement park in Northumberland County has a warning about a social media scam.

Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg says there's a scam floating around Facebook that says you can get five free tickets for filling out a survey.

Knoebels Amusement Resort Issues Warning About Social Media Scam

If you get an offer for free amusement park tickets online, you should probably ignore it.

Online survey scams promising free tickets to places like Knoebels and Hersheypark are spreading on Facebook, but they are fake.

"The survey did not request any sort of payment information. It asked three different questions regarding a potential Knoebels visit and then urged the individuals to share it on their Facebook page," explained Stacy Ososkie, Knoebels Amusement Resort spokesperson.

The scam works likes this: Facebook users share the survey with their friends and family, so others think it's trustworthy. They also use the Knoebels logo, but there are clues that it's fake.

"This particular scam listed that it was our 50th anniversary when in reality we've been open for 92 years," said Ososkie.

Newswatch 16 stopped by computer experts: NEPA Geeks in Wilkes-Barre to get a closer look at the scam.

"It's people gathering your information to use to scam you further or even sell that information to third parties," said Jason Percival, NEPA Geeks.

Tech experts at NEPA Geeks tell Newswatch 16 these scams use third-party services to generate fake users to make their surveys look legit.

Knoebels isn't the only victim of the scam, Hersheypark is also having issues and released this statement to fans:

"We are aware of a fraudulent ticket offer circulating via social media and we have reported the scam to Facebook. We want our guests to know it's not a legitimate website or offer and the best resource for tickets and offers is hersheypark.com."

Knoebels says it all in its Facebook post warning fans of the scam: "If something seems too good to be true, it probably is."

 

The parks say the place to find their ticket offers and giveaways is on their website. If you're attempting to win tickets on any other website, it's probably a scam, but you can call the parks to verify.

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