Cadbury warns of Easter chocolate WhatsApp scams | UK News
Cadbury has warned the public about a free Easter chocolate scam circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
People have received a message that contains a link claiming to offer the recipient a free basket of chocolates.
However, the chocolate maker has confirmed the offer is not genuine and has warned consumers against interacting with it.
“We have been alerted to posts circulating on social media claiming to offer consumers a free Easter chocolate basket,” the company said on Twitter.
We have been alerted to posts circulating on social media claiming to offer consumers a free Easter chocolate basket. We can confirm that this was not generated by us and we urge consumers not to interact. Your safety is our priority and we are currently working on a solution.
— Cadbury UK (@CadburyUK) March 31, 2022
“We can confirm that this was not generated by us and we urge consumers not to interact.”
The public was also warned about the scam by Merseyside Police, with police saying it was an “attempt to gain access to your personal information”.
What kind of scam is the free chocolate embassy?
The message appears to be a phishing scam.
Phishing is when criminals use fraudulent emails, SMS, or phone calls to trick their victims.
They usually aim to trick the recipient into visiting a website that might download a virus onto their device, steal banking information, or trick them into giving out personal information.
The information can then be used to gain access to financial records or online bank accounts.
What to look out for
The UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) advises people to think carefully before clicking on any link they receive unsolicited from an organisation.
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It also encourages people to look for telltale signs like poor spelling or grammar or a sense of urgency in the message to try to encourage a hasty decision.
A generic greeting, misspelled email addresses or domain names, and a bank asking for personal financial information are also indicators of a phishing scam.