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Don't be duped by these free holiday scams on social media

Both of these Facebook posts are fake, Trading Standards officials have warned  Picture: TRADING STANDARDS

Both of these Facebook posts are fake, Trading Standards officials have warned Picture: TRADING STANDARDS

Trading Standards

Suffolk scam detectors are warning Facebook users to watch out for fake offers of free holidays.

Trading Standards officials have alerted users of the social media site to scam notifications promising giveaways in return for shares or comments.

Fake breaks already detected include too-good-to-be-true offers from pages masquerading as legitimate companies like First Choice and TUI.

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Suffolk Trading Standards said: “These images have been going viral on Facebook.

“Both Facebook posts are fake, and have nothing to do with First Choice or TUI. And, needless to say, there is also no free holiday to Tenerife for four on offer or to the Maldives following a break up.”

Real pages are denoted by a blue verification tick on Facebook.

Fake promotions or competitions typically urge users to engage by sharing and commenting to win, or click a link to claim a prize.

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