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

Image of Knoebels Ticket Scam Survey

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"

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.


  • commentswithabrain

    NEPA Geeks are computer experts? Google them and look at that god awful design. I guess they get some credit for not using the same wordpress template that every other local news station goes with, but still, please stop calling mediocre exceptional WNEP.

  • Lori Haldeman

    To those of you that feel the need to bash Knoebol’s and call it a dive, etc., I would personally like to THANK YOU for NOT GOING to this wonderful family style Amusement Park! Perhaps the reason that this park is loved and visited by so many every year is in part because of the everyday kind “down to earth” loving people that can see the beauty and fun in it. This is a park that every person in the family can enjoy and even grandparents who do not participate in the rides can go to to watch their grandkids have fun without having to pay for something that they do not use. I don’t expect you to understand the simple joys of life that I am laying before you here, but hope that you continue to go somewhere else so that we can continue to enjoy this wonderful family fun with so many others just like us!!! It’s called Family Values!!! Thank You Knoebel’s for thinking about the people!!!!

    • Ezra Burgess

      Ditto for me. I have been happily going to Knoebel’s with my family since I was a kid back in the 60s. We go camping at Knoebel’s Lake Glory Campground every Fathers’ Day Weekend and enjoy the park immensely each and every year. The only disappointment I have ever had was going into their museum and seeing rides I rode with my brothers and sisters when we were kids. It makes me feel older than my 65 years. LOL. Great memories both old and new.

  • Ed Krisher

    Those who think that Knobels is a dive have no appreciation for the fact that it’s rated as one of the top ten amusement parks in the country for the family that still has free admission. You don’t have to pay to park, there’s no admission fee, you can have a picnic lunch there, the prices for ride passes are reasonable, and there’s something for EVERYBODY! A lot of us “locals” enjoy supporting the small businesses that worked their way to where they are now!

  • David Tigue

    It’s funny because people claim about things being non authentic and expensive and too corporate. Then you come into the contacts where they bash a local place that has endured. If you don’t like it that’s fine I get ya but give them some credit.

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