Urgent warning over new Center Parcs Facebook scam

Trading Standards chiefs have issued a warning after 18,000 people shared a fake Center Parcs competition post within hours of it being created.

UK holidaymakers desperate for a break are being targeted by scammers claiming you could get a free holiday – as well as cash to spend.

Facebook users have been targeted by scams involving Center Parcs in the past – prompting warnings from experts.

Now Wiltshire Trading Standards which has Center Parcs Longleat in its patch, has issued an urgent alert.

Taking to Facebook after a new scam was set up this week they said: “Spoiler Alert – You aren’t going to win a holiday but you may lose out to scammers!

“This page was set up 3 hours ago and already has almost 18k shares. The page was only set up today and does not belong to the official @centerparcsuk

“Scammers set up these pages to obtain your personal data or to collect likes (in this case the page is later sold/changed names by the scammers to fill your newsfeed with spam). By ‘signing up’ your giving the scammers your personal details.

“Our advice is to spend a few minutes checking out pages before liking and sharing posts such as these.”

They say you should check

* When was the page set up?

* How many posts are on the original page?

* Does the page have the blue tick to confirm the profile is the official page of the business it’s claiming to be?

The post says tat to celebrate the full reopening of Center Parcs Longleat the holiday company is giving away a free break for four and £500 to spend.

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