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Coronation Street bosses have warned that online scam ads offering acting work as extras on the soap are fake

CORONATION Street fans have been warned that online adverts for a casting call for extras on the hit soap are fake.

Fans of the long running ITV soap have been whipped into excitement over appeals searching for 200 people to appear in the background of scenes.

Coronation Street fans are being warned about a fake advertisement

An advertisement – that has appeared on Facebook – reads: “To be available in august 2017…do you have what it takes to look good in the background of soap?”

Would-be actors are told that free accommodation and travel expenses will be paid and “no acting skills required”.

A posting on popular Facebook page British Life has received 2,000 comments and more than 1,400 shares.

But a Corrie executive wrote on the page: “It is fake – this is not how Coronation Street book extras.”

And last night a spokeswoman for the show told The Sun that they never advertise on social media for cast members.

She said: “We only book our extras – or walks-on – from reputable casting agents so they are the people to contact for any extras work.

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“These ads are fake and people should not be taken in by them.”

It is not clear whether the ads are an effort to boost visitor numbers to Facebook pages or something more sinister as people are asked to give detailed personal information in the bogus applications.

A previous set of ads asking for people to apply for work on-screen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks also turned out to be fake.

Back in March, a post on Twitter garnered traction after it alleged extras were “urgently needed” with the offer of “paid” work with the request for 500 people.

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A statement from Lime Pictures at the time read: "We are not currently recruiting extras for Hollyoaks via any online initiatives. Any companies or social media accounts that advertise any such initiatives are doing so without our consent or authorisation.

"Lime Pictures only engage reputable casting agencies and professionals in the North of England, all of whom can be found listed on Spotlight. We urge people to be responsible and to not provide any personal information or contact details to these companies and accounts."

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