Warnings have been issued over fake brand pages that scammers use to syphon off personal details from unwitting members of the public.

The scam involves a fake brand page, which looks genuine and has tens of thousand of likes, offering free items, vouchers or food from the company’s CEO as a “gesture of good will” on the run up to Christmas.

The scammers will then DM (direct message) the customers who commented and shared the post asking them to sign up with their personal information to receive a voucher which in the end is fake.

Scammers are targeting consumers with fake social media pages.

One of the fake pages was for the Toby Carvery restaurant chain. A spokesperson for the company said: “Unfortunately there has been an upsurge in fake Facebook pages being created with the core aim of collecting contact and payment details from people.”

Similar scams have been reported involving Wagamama and Primark.

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