Have you been contacted on Twitter or Facebook, and told that you’ve won free tickets to One Direction in concert? Perhaps VIP backstage passes? Before you circle your calendar, you may want to look at the fine print. Let’s take a look at what’s going on here.
It’s nothing more than a “rewards” program that is nearly impossible to complete. Keep reading for more details.
The Twitter account I saw today was @Jamarby and the name “1D Ticket Giveaway,” which at that time had sent 22 tweets, all of them promising tickets to a few users at a time. Here are some of their tweets:
- 2 Tickets for you. You Won
- Hey Fan You Won some tickets!
- 1D fan you won!
- You Won. Grab your One Directlon tickets now
Trying to figure out how to get these tickets entails a rather lengthy wild goose chase.
This Twitter account links to getonedtickets.com on its bio. Clicking on this link will send you to s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/oned/tickets.html. This site tells you that you need to connect with Facebook in order to claim your free tickets.
Mousing over that Facebook link shows a URL of onedticket.info, but when you click it, it forwards you to a Facebook app called 1D VIP Contest, 1D Ticket Giveaway. You will then be asked if it’s ok for the app to post on your behalf. You should always be very careful letting any app post for you. I really didn’t want to, so in this case I used an old Facebook account just to see what happened.
After I approved the app, I was sent to prizeplacepalace.com, also apparently associated with onlineprizecentral.com and membersrewards.org. This is where I finally found the answer I was looking for – it’s nothing more than a rewards program. This means you must register and complete several “sponsored” offers, fill out a credit application, and get three friends to complete the entire process.
Don’t count on any One Direction tickets.