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WhatsApp warning issued to people in Gedling borough over Alton Towers free ticket giveaway scam


People in Gedling borough have been targeted by a convincing new scam which promises free tickets to Alton Towers.

We were contacted by readers who were keen to warn others not to fall for the scam message being sent out over WhatsApp.

The apparent trick message spoofs the theme park’s website and offers five tickets to 500 families.

Once the link has been clicked on, people have to answer a series of questions before being asked to share the offer via WhatsApp and enter their details.

PICTURED: An example of the scam message doing the rounds on WhatsApp

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Pat Gibson from Carlton got in contact and urged us to alert readers to the scam.

He said: “I received one of these on my phone. I was tempted to click so I could take the grandchildren.

“It said the tickets were being given away to celebrate the park’s ‘110nd birthday’.

“I remember the park opening so I then realised this was a bit suspicious. It’s only when I looked online and saw lots of others receiving the same message that made me delete it.”

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A spokesperson for Alton Towers said: “We are aware of a ticket offer being shared on social media that claims to be from Alton Towers Resort. This is NOT a genuine offer, or in any way affiliated with Alton Towers.

“Action is being taken to remove this offer and we urge guests not to share their personal details or forward the offer to their contacts. The safest way to buy tickets is always to go directly to our website”

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