According to a post that is circulating on Facebook, chocolate maker Cadbury is rewarding EVERYONE with a free basket of chocolate to celebrate their 194 year anniversary.
The post features a photograph depicting a collection of Cadbury products displayed in a cane basket. Supposedly, you can click on the post to get your free chocolate.
However, the post has no connection to Cadbury and no amount of clicking or sharing will get you the promised chocolate basket.
Clicking the post opens a website that claims that you can get your free chocolate basket by answering a few questions and sharing and commenting on Facebook. After sharing and commenting, you are instructed to click a “Claim Now” button.
Clicking the claim button opens various websites that promise further prizes in exchange for completing surveys and submitting your name and contact details. But, this information will be shared with unscrupulous marketing companies who will use it to inundate victims with unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters.
The image used in the scam post was stolen from a website that sells gift baskets.
If one of these scam giveaway posts crosses your News Feed, do not click on it and do not share it.
This is not the first time that scammers have used the lure of free chocolate to trick people into visiting scam websites.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!