Fresh warning over Longleat Center Parcs Scam

Center Parcs credit Google Street View

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 9:34pm 16th December 2018.

Less than a month after a warning from Wiltshire Trading Standards and another similar post is doing the rounds on social media.

In November tens of thousands of people were tricked by a fraudulent holiday competition shared on Facebook.

The post claimed to be giving away a free break at the Longleat Centre Parcs.

But Wiltshire Trading Standards warned the reality was the page was set up by scammers for "like farming" and no-one ever wins a prize.

Now another fake post offering a similar prize is doing the rounds.

It's already been shared by over 43,000 people.

Center Parcs
Don't be fooled by the latest Center Parcs scam

FRESH WARNING:

The consumer watchdog says once again "people are risking the safety of their personal information."  
 

WHAT IS LIKE FARMING?

Wiltshire Trading Standards say it is a technique used by scammers to get many likes and shares.
"Once enough have been obtained they will edit the post and may add something malicious such as malware or will strip back the original content and fill your page with spam.
These pages can also harvest personal information Facebook holds about you."

 

ADVICE:

Wiltshire Trading Standards say before sharing any posts take some time to check a page is genuine:

Check out the page in full. A genuine business will have a small blue tick next to their name to show the page has been verified.

How far back to the posts on their page go? This page was only set up 8 hours ago. The genuine Center Parcs page goes back years.

- How many likes do they have. The genuine Center Parcs UK page currently has over 369,000. This page currently only has 10,000. But that's over 10,000 who have all put their personal information at risk in only a few hours.

 

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