woensdag 9 januari 2019

New Center Parcs scam warning issued for Facebook users

Facebook users have been told to be wary of a scam which says people can win a Center Parcs holiday by sharing a post on Facebook

Known for its award-winning holidays in picturesque forests, Center Parcs offers popular family breaks across the country.

The parks provide something for all of the family - with a range of activities for those who love the outdoors, as well the chance to sit back and relax.


But, if you were thinking about heading there for a much needed getaway, you should know about a new scam circulating online.

Social media users have been warned by police about the scam which claims people can win a Center Parcs holiday by sharing a post on Facebook, Birmingham Live reports .

Fraudsters have set up a page for 'like-farming', which uses the technique to gain large numbers of shares and likes.

After getting enough of them, they will edit the post and may add something malicious such as malware or strip back the original content and fill the respondents with spam.

Personal information Facebook holds about people can also be harvested from the page.

Police have verified that prizes are not won and have issued advice to check if the 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 29,000. But that's over 29,000 who have all put their personal information at risk in only eight hours.