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.