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May 14, 2019

Widely-circulated Hersheypark survey promising free tickets turns out to be a scam

The fake promotion has been seen on Facebook and is not connected to the Dauphin County amusement park

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A fraudulent website offering four free tickets to Hersheypark in exchange for answering a survey.

A fraudulent survey was widely circulated on social media this month, offering four, free passes to Hersheypark in exchange for answering survey questions and sharing the link on Facebook.

The survey asks participants to answer three questions about their experiences at the Hershey, Pennsylvania, amusement park, like "You prefer Hersheypark because of ..." in exchange for four free tickets to celebrate the park's 112th anniversary. The survey then asks participants to share the link on Facebook.

The website, at the URL, has been identified as fake by Hersheypark. Officials reportedly have alerted Facebook, PennLive reported.

Amusement park ticket scams are common for this time of year. In March, a scam for Knoebels offered free tickets in exchange for taking a similar survey. A viral 2016 scam at Six Flags offered three free tickets if participants forwarded a survey to 15 friends. 

"These contests pop up every summer, run by shady, anonymous individuals who can't be traced," Six Flags officials posted to the park's website following the scam that targeted their properties. "Their goal is to get you to sign up for 'introductory programs' that aren't easy to cancel, or to collect your personal information, or to trick you into installing malware on your computer ...  We do not condone any of these programs and would shut them down if we could."

To avoid ticketing scams, Six Flags tell people to be wary of sharing personal information online, confirm website URLs before purchasing tickets or sharing information, and refrain from using third-party ticket holders. 

Hersheypark is celebrating its 112th anniversary this year. In conjunction, the park will unveil a handful of new dining options; debut an indoor ride called Reese's Cupfusion; and revamping the park entrance.

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