According to various posts that are currently circulating via Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, you can click to get a free chocolate basket courtesy of Cadbury India.
However, the posts are fraudulent and are not associated with Cadbury, in India or anywhere else.
The messages are scams designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on suspect survey websites.
If you follow the links in any of these scam messages, you will be taken to a bogus website that claims that you must share the same post with your friends before you can claim your free chocolate basket. Via this ruse, the scammers ensure that their fake giveaway posts spread rapidly and gain many new victims.
After sharing as instructed, you will be told that you must complete surveys as the next step towards claiming your prize. The message will include links to various survey websites.
However, these survey sites will insist that you provide your name and contact details as a prerequisite for participating. If you proceed, your personal information will be shared with site sponsors and online marketing companies.
So, you will soon be inundated with unwanted and annoying marketing phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never receive your free Cadbury chocolate.
Some versions may also try to trick you into downloading suspect phone apps or visiting malware websites.
Mondelez India, the company that distributes Cadbury products in India, has published a press release on its website warning consumers about the scam posts. The press release notes:
Important Announcement – Fake link floating on WhatsApp
There is a fake website link in circulation under the Cadbury India (now known as Mondelez India) name promising free chocolates. Mondelez India is not running any such promotion and the link is fake. We advise consumer caution before opening the link or sharing it further.
If you receive one of these fake Cadbury India giveaway posts, do not share it and do not click or tap on any links that it contains. And let the person who sent the message to you know that it is a scam.
Examples of the scam posts:
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!