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Alton Towers are warning people not to fall for the scamGetty

Alton Towers are warning social media users not to be tricked by a scam which appears to be offering five free tickets to the theme park.

The scam, which is circulating via a Facebook post entitled 'Get 5 free Alton Towers tickets to celebrate 125th anniversary', asks people to click on a fake website and type in their personal details for a chance to win free entry.

However, the Staffordshire-based park has warned the offer and the site has nothing to do with them and urged people not to click on the page or give away their personal details. The Alton Towers theme park also only opened in 1980 so would not be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Alton Towers added in a statement: "We have been made aware of a social media scam offering free tickets to Alton Towers Resort that is currently circulating on Facebook.

"This is NOT an official offer or affiliated to Alton Towers Resort in any way. Whilst action is taken to remove the scam, we would strongly advise against sharing your details or the post.

"Any official social media competition run by Alton Towers Resort will appear on the verified Alton Towers Resort social media page(s) and if anyone is unsure about the legitimacy of a social media competition relating to Alton Towers Resort should contact us immediately."

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Example of the scam doing the rounds on facebookScreengrab