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SCAM: Christmas trip to Lapland

Briefing

A Facebook page named Christmas Trip Lapland claims you can win a Christmas trip to Lapland if you like their posts, share their posts, and comment on their posts.

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A LIKE-FARMING FACEBOOK SCAM DESIGNED TO EXTORT PAYMENT
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REWARD FOR SHARING AND LIKING FACEBOOK PAGES OR POSTS

Description

One of the latest like-farming Facebook scams syndicated by Facebook posts and shares claims that you can win a trip to Lapland for Christmas. A Facebook page named Christmas Trip Lapland has published several posts claiming that you can win the trip if you like their post, share their post, and comment on their post. The scam claims that you will win a free flight, return flights, luxury cabin, and that you will meet Santa.

Christmas Trip Lapland Facebook Scam

Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region. It is a sparsely populated area bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. It’s known for its vast subarctic wilderness, ski resorts and natural phenomena including the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. One of the main points of interest is Santa Claus Village; an amusement park in Rovaniemi in the Lapland region of Finland. that was opened in 1985.

santa claus village lapland

The page can be easily debunked because of the similarities with other like-farming scams, the use of third-party videos and images without consent, and images of Santa Claus Village taken from https://www.santaclausvillage.info/ and whom has no association with the Christmas Trip Lapland Facebook page and does not mention of the giveaway on their website.

Christmas Trip Lapland is not giving away free prizes to Facebook users who follow the instructions they post on the social network. This is a common like-farming scam that can be linked to advanced-fee fraud. The scam is designed to trick Facebook users into liking the page and sharing the post in order to dupe more Facebook users and acquire targets who believe the post. The fraudulent posts also help the Facebook page promote their own website and purchases that may not be legitimate. They page promotes a VIP service that they claim will help you win prizes.

Examples

win an amazing trip to lapland

**Win an amazing trip to Lapland this Christmas**
5 Nights in Lapland for you and your Family
Return Flights, Luxury Cabin + Meet Santa
To Enter Simply:-
{Like} This Video
{Share} This Video
{Comment} ”Christmas” below
Good Luck!

**WIN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO LAPLAND THIS CHRISTMAS**
Prize Includes:- Return Flights for 5. Luxury Cabin. Meet and Greet with Santa. All expenses paid!
To be in with a chance of winning simply:-
{LIKE} This Post
{SHARE} This Post
{COMMENT} “Lapland” below
Good Luck Everyone!

**Win an amazing trip to Lapland this Christmas**
5 Nights in Lapland for you and your Family
Return Flights, Luxury Cabin + Meet Santa
To Enter Simply:-
{Like} This Video
{Share} This Video
{Comment} ”Christmas” below
Good Luck!

**Win an amazing trip to Lapland this Christmas**
5 Nights in Lapland for you and your Family
Return Flights, Luxury Cabin + Meet Santa
To Enter Simply:-
{Like} This Video
{Share} This Video
{Comment} ”Christmas” below
Click Signup on our page to complete your entry.
Good Luck!

How would you like to win a Family trip to Lapland this Christmas? Prize includes Flights, Hotel for 4 people and a meet and greet with Santa (plus presents) to Win simply:-
Like This Post
Share This Post
Comment “December” below.
Click Signup on our page to complete your entry.
Good Luck

Why are like-farming scams dangerous?

The like-farming scam is dangerous because it can be used to extort money from victims who believe the fraudulent posts. In some cases, the scammer will contact Facebook users and claim that they wont the prize; However, they did not actually win anything. The scammer will then claim that an advanced payment for shipping (or other) is needed in order to obtain the prize.

Scammers can also obtain information from a targets Facebook page, including information about their friends, where they work, where they live, and more. The information can be used for many reasons such as marketing and future scams.

The information collected by scammers is often sold and shared with numerous parties. Victims may get calls from scam artists, robocallers, fake pharmacies, and more. They may also receive unsolicited mail at home and unwanted email messages.

What to do if you fell for a scam

If you fell for a Facebook scam like this it is recommended to immediately locate and remove rogue Facebook apps, change your password, and log your account out of other locations. You should also scan your computer with Antivirus or Antimalware software such as Malwarebytes to eradicate malware and other malicious trace files and website data from your computer.

If your account shared content without your permission make sure to remove the content from your Facebook account in order to stop the scam from spreading to your friends, family, and other people.

To ensure the safety of your bank or credit details it is suggested to contact your bank or credit card company to receive more instructions.

  • If you liked a page or post, unlike it.
  • If you shared dubious content, delete it.

How to uninstall rogue Facebook apps

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the rogue Facebook app and click the X to remove it. If you cannot find a rogue Facebook app it is likely that a rogue Facebook app was not installed. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes to ensure no malware has infiltrated your computer system.

How to change your Facebook password

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security and Login.
  2. This page will tell you where your account is logged in. To change your password select Change password, type your current password, and type your new password twice.
  3. Click Save Changes.

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