Scammers hit resort
Fake Facebook account set up for Daydream Island
SCAMMERS have again hijacked the name of a Whitsunday tourist destination to trick people into unwittingly handing over their details ahead of a slated reopening of the real resort early next year.
Daydream Island Resort representatives have taken to Facebook, warning on the resort’s page about “a fake Daydream Island Facebook page running a scam competition”.
The post, dated about 6.30pm on Thursday, had been shared a whopping 935 times and had gathered hundreds of comments by late Friday. Those commenting were warning friends of the scam – which wrongly stated the island reopens this month – tagging them or expressing their disappointment that Daydream had been targeted again.
It comes after a similar scam was reported in the Daily Mercury in February last year.
“If you see this, please report the page or post and don’t give your email address,” the post read.
“It is absolutely in no way associated or affiliated with us. We are in touch with Facebook to have this removed as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have alerted us.”
It appeared the fake page, titled simply Daydream Island and not Daydream Island Resort, had finally been removed from Facebook by late Friday, after the resort’s representatives got wind on Thursday and alerted the social media giant.
The scam page made mention of a “hurricane”, rather than a cyclone, tipping some Mackay-Whitsunday region residents off that the page may be falsified.
Several representatives for the resort expressed disappointment at having their considerable social media following of more than 44,000 people taken advantage of.
It was suggested the scams, both this week and last year, may be piggybacking off the real resort’s impressive social media engagement.
Meanwhile, the resort is set to open its doors early next year after suffering extensive damage when Tropical Cyclone Debbie tore through on March 28, 2017.
The renewed resort will include 277 rooms and an expanded food and beverage offering, among other draw cards.
ALERT: Daydream Island Resort, which is still under construction, is the subject of a new scam.