Thousands of people were tricked by a fake Center Parcs page that was offering a huge prize into giving away their personal details.
Trading Standards has warned people about a Center Parcs scam that tricked more than 17,000 people in a matter of hours.
The fake Center Parcs page was set up to offer people a chance to win a free stay at the Longleat resort in Warminster.
But the competition – and page – were fake, designed to scam people into giving away their personal information or to help grow the fake page.
Wiltshire Trading Standards (WTS) issued a warning online urging people to recognise scams and remain vigilant on social media.
Taking to Facebook, WTS shared images of the scammer’s page and post which promised ‘a free Center Parcs holiday for 4 at Longleat and £500 to spend’, including ‘free travel’.
WTS wrote: “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.”
The post continued: “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’ you’re 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. 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?”
Some people commented on the post explaining they couldn’t believe some people fell for the trick.
One user wrote: “The old adage applies to the internet as well. If something looks too good to be true it probably is.”
Another wrote: “If you do fall for this maybe you shouldn’t be allowed on the internet unsupervised.”
A spokesperson for Center Parcs said: “Like a lot of well-known brands, our brand name has been used without permission by unauthorised Facebook pages on a number of occasions.
“We have been made aware of an unauthorised page on Facebook offering the chance to win a Center Parcs break and can confirm this is not genuine. We have reported this to Facebook.
“We would like to remind people not to enter their details or share the page. If ever in doubt about a post, please visit our official Facebook page to check if it is genuine.”
The page has now been removed, however another similar one was created on the same day, already gaining 56,000 likes.
Gordon Ramsay has angered everyone again with his £56 Sunday roast
Gordon Ramsay has done it again, and this time fans are very unimpressed by his £56 Sunday roast.
The TV chef has already been dragged for serving up a £19 Full English breakfast that was ‘pitiful’, with fans saying ‘where’s the rest of it?’
Someone also left a one-star review on TripAdvisor for ‘five small slices of meat and over salted fries’, aka steak and chips at his restaurant.
Gordon announced the news of his Sunday lunch at the Savoy Grill in London on Instagram, writing: “Sunday’s at @SavoyGrillGordonRamsay roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings… absolutely stunning!!”.
Except fans were pretty disappointed that ‘all the trimmings’ didn’t exactly mean ‘all’.
One person wrote: “Is that a child’s portion?”, while another added: “Where’s the rest of it?”
A third person commented: “Error 404. Trimmings not found.”
The worst bit, the restaurant charges £56 for two courses and a drink.
The roast uses ‘prime local produce’ and the ‘precise culinary techniques’ used mean guests can ‘revel in the delights of roast sirloin of beef, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, followed by a classic Savoy dessert – Baked Alaska’.
The website adds that you can top it off with your choice of ‘Bloody Mary or fruit cocktail’ for a two course experience ‘you’ll remember’.
But not everyone was as mortified as others.
One person pointed out: “If you want shit food and lots of it for a cheap price go to a Toby carvery, if you want quality food from a Michelin star chef it comes with a price!”
Another added: “Oh hell yes!”
What do you think, would you pay £56 for a roast?
Family home transformed by 12-year-old daughter for just £50 after mum teaches her DIY
This looks amazing!
A mother has revealed how her 12-year-old daughter transformed their home in just seven days, costing only £50.
Bea, daughter of Susie Levache, developed her DIY skills, including using a power drill and handsaw, by redecorating the family utility room, stairs and office – she also designed a feature wall.
Susie shared her talented daughter on Facebook saying she was a ‘natural’ and did a ‘blinding job’.
She added that her son, Ted, who is 15 also helped with the redecorating.
Writing about the home office transformation, Susie said: “I usually tackle all the DIY projects alone but my 12 year old daughter took an interest and actually I figured I had a lot of time on my hands to rectify anything she might damage.
“Turns out after telling her to just go for it – she’s a natural and did a blinding job-with direction she did this herself. She was VERY handy with a handsaw.
“We just used some thin MDF strips, paint and a roll of wallpaper to transform my office.”
She added: “I supervised and told her how to use the spirit level and how to measure and cut the MDF strips we had.
“She was really nervous to begin with as she was worried that she would mess up.
“The room was gloomy and hadn’t really been used properly for ages anyway so she had nothing to lose – then there was no stopping her!
“This gave her the confidence to just go for it and after the first two panels she then did the rest alone.”
Susie has been renovating the family’s ’70s house for the past 10 months, and has used the recent time at home to help the plans move along.
Susie kicked off their days in lockdown with homeschool, before switching it up to DIY projects in the afternoon.
She added that the only thing they bought in lockdown was the kitchen handles, as the family used everything they could that they already had, including paint in the loft.
She said: “Then we used up some old tester pots I had to stencil and hand paint an accent wall in a funky animal print design.
“She had the patience of a saint for hand painting that job!”
Speaking on the kitchen makeover, Susie explained: “The room was full of orange pine. I taught Bea how to use the drill and change the drill bits and how to use the little work bench.
“She filled the existing drawer holes, drilled new holes and put in different drawer pulls. They look fantastic!
“The whole room was then transformed with chalk paint (Frenchic) so all of it including the handles came to about £45 – we loved the end result.”
She shared the achievement on Facebook and the post has racked up over 9,000 likes.
The post read: “We had a grim ‘dumping ground’ utility room to part renovate – I showed her how to use a power drill at the weekend (very confident).
“My daughter customised the fronts of the drawers (looked easy but was tricky) then we used leftover paint to repaint the cupboards.
“We also made little initial blackboard effect plaques from leftover mdf, paint and glue – then aged them for the laundry baskets.
“As before, if my 12 year old and I can do this – ANYONE can do this.”
She continued: “The table now has pride of place on our terrace. During lockdown, we have taken all the blankets out, sat by the fire and drank hot chocolate in the cosy haven.
“It’s definitely a makeover we are proud of. It was probably around £20 if somebody wanted to have a go at upcycling.
“It’s comforting that all the blood, sweat and tears that went into the planning, faffing and upkeep of the terrace garden – that it is enjoyed by everyone.”
Susie also added that the DIY projects haven’t just transformed the house they have also helped Bea’s confidence.
She said: “I was always a creative child and my daughter thought she didn’t have any skills before lockdown, I hope this will give her confidence that it’s all there. She just needed to believe she could do it!
“Initially she was quite timid about using the power tools and things, but now she’s so proud of what she’s achieved.
“Pre-lockdown I would never have thought to include Bea in my work – this period has really shown me that children are far more capable than we may think.”
You can follow the families renovation on their Instagram here.
A naked cleaning firm is hiring Mancunians and you can get paid £55 an hour
If you’re after a job and don’t mind being in the buff, this is just the thing for you…
Bare Naked Cleaners are looking for body confident applicants from Manchester who are happy to get down and dirty in the nude.
The risque cleaning firm is hiring individuals who fancy running the vacuum cleaner around, dusting the top shelves and wiping all the surfaces. The only catch is – you have to be naked.
The bonus is, though, you’ll get paid £55 an hour to do it!
Jobs are available all over the country and applications are being taken from anyone who is happy to get their kit off!
You’ll have to do a spot of dusting either completely naked, topless or in just your underwear.
Each job lasts two hours and you can get paid between £40 and £55 an hour as long as you are over 18!
On the application, you’ll need to specify your availability including the locations you can cover plus the role you are interested in.
There’s a choice of cleaning, gardening or even just being a companion.
Penelope Wyser, owner of Bare Naked Cleaners, said: “Applicants will need to be body confident, outgoing and have a good sense of humour.
“It’s also important that they are able to put clients at ease. We welcome people of all shapes and sizes as we have a diverse clientele base.”
She continued: “Unlike other companies offering similar services, we do not charge our cleaners or clients a ‘signing up fee’. We take the safety of our cleaners very seriously and have measures in place to ensure their safety.”
If you’ve got the – ahem – balls, apply here.