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Police issue warning after tiny house ‘scam’ shared over 50k times

Police warn to be wary of fake competitions.

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Police have issued a warning regarding social media competitions that offer luxury prizes following a scam this week.

This week a competition circulated on social media to win a ‘luxury caravan’, it ended up being shared on Facebook by over 50,000 people. 

Kingsbridge Police have now advised people to double-check the details of the page before entering these competitions, as they are quite often scams. 

It comes after the tiny house competition claimed that someone won the house but were under the required age of 17, so they posted it again to find another winner.

The police have warned users that if a competition looks too good to be true, it probably is. They have also said that by sharing fake competitions you share your personal information with hackers.

One Facebook user commented on the post from Kingsbridge Police, saying: “I guessed it was fake the first time I saw it because each time the post is shared it gives a different person’s name (under the age of 17 )that should have won the prize of the tiny house.”

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Kingsbridge Police have warned users to check details such as how long a page has been open and whether or not there is a ‘proper’ website page attached.

The tiny house competition was posted just a day after the Facebook page was created. The page received 35,000 likes within that time period. 

The post from Kingsbridge Police said: “Social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch, socialise, and run your business. It’s also used by scammers and hackers.

“When you see competitions to win a fantastic prize which are normally too good to be true, then they probably are too good to be true.”

Social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch, socialise, and run your business. It's also used by scammers and…

Posted by Kingsbridge Police on Friday, 19 June 2020

It continued: “Is a company really going to give away a very expensive caravan? Are airline companies really going to give away thousands of free flights? Will Range Rover actually give you an Evoque if you share a picture? Possibly, but very doubtful.

“Before you share the post, view the actual page. How long has it been open? Does the website link actually link to the proper web page? Is the competition shared on their website?

“When you share the fake competitions you are giving hackers access to your personal information which could be used for an unlawful purpose. Please check before you share.”

The tiny home competition gained over 20,000 likes, over 50,000 shares and almost 40,000 comments within about a day. 

This competition has now been taken down.

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Huge illegal party at Manchester University student halls caught on video

Fines have been issued…

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A huge illegal party at the University of Manchester’s student halls was caught on camera this week.

The large gathering of students was recorded on Snapchat, taking part in a big party just outside the Owens Park halls located in Fallowfield.

The incident, which took place late Thursday night and into Friday morning, was broken up by police and campus security.

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Partygoers can be heard shouting and chanting loudly in one video, which was captioned with ‘Covid wah?’, while another clip shows people dancing to music from a sound system.

The University of Manchester has released a statement, with a spokesperson saying the uni ‘strongly condemns’ the students’ actions.

According to the university, students that were involved are having their details recorded, with some going through a disciplinary process, while others have already been issued fines by the police.

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A university spokesperson said: “We are aware of this party and our security services worked with Greater Manchester Police to shut it down.

“This behaviour is totally unacceptable and the University strongly condemns it. We have been clear and consistent with our messaging around student conduct and behaviour in halls and we will be working hard to identify those involved.

“Our students must respect social distancing rules and all other restrictions to keep themselves and others safe.

“If students do not comply, they will face disciplinary action from the University, which could lead to fines or expulsion, and we will not hesitate to involve the police if necessary.

“Some students have already been issued with fixed penalty notices by the police. Additional security officers have been deployed in Fallowfield and further reminders sent.

“Details of offending students are being recorded and a number of these will now go through our disciplinary process.”

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Gordon Ramsay has angered everyone again with his £56 Sunday roast

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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? 

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Man shares cleaning hack that shows how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are

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Jared Guynes shared his wife’s cleaning hack for towels, warning that ‘clean’ towels are actually pretty nasty.

People have been left seriously grossed out by this towel cleaning hack that reveals just how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are.

Sharing pictures of freshly cleaned towels in grimy water on Facebook, Jared has racked up over 86,000 shares and loads of people have vowed to give this a go.

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Despite these towels having just gone through a wash, the bathtub is full of thick, cloudy brown water. Jared said your towels are ‘probably this nasty too’. 

His wife got the cleaning tip from a YouTube video for ‘towel stripping’. The deep clean requires a cocktail of Arm & Hammer, baking soda, borax, Oxi Clean and hot water in the bath, and soaking your towels overnight.

Jared wrote: “In this case she took our collection of clean towels, let me say that again, the towels were totally clean, washed and folded and in the linen closet, completely clean, completely normal.

“The story that she told me is that over the years of use, microscopic amounts of soap and detergent get locked in to the fibres of the towels.

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“Subsequently that stuff gets gummed up and can also trap microscopic amounts of dirt and grime and bacteria, even after going through the washing machine with detergent.

“So after seeing someone else do it she decided to do the experiment on our own towels here in the tub.

“I’m literally freaking out right now. The towels at your house, no matter how clean you think they are, are probably this nasty too.”

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There are over 32,000 comments on the original post but not everyone is convinced the dirt is actually from the towels.

One pointed out: “It’s the combination of chemicals. nothing on your clean towels can product that colour of water”. And another added ‘this would be impressive with white towels’.

But others are shuddering at the thought of how dirty other things in their house could be. One added: “Just think of your bed sheets, pillows, duvet and mattress. Then there’s underwear too.”

 

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