A post that is currently going viral on Facebook claims that Cadbury is giving everyone who shares a link a free chocolate hamper.
The post, which features an image depicting a chocolate-filled basket, claims that the giveaway is for today only.
Sadly for chocolate-loving Facebook users, the post is just another giveaway scam. It has no connection to Cadbury and those sweet-tooths lured into participating have precisely zero chance of winning the promised hamper. No chocolate is being given away. This is just the latest version among a series of fake Cadbury giveaways on Facebook in recent years.
If you click the link, you’ll be transported to a bogus website that supposedly allows you to claim your free hamper.
First, you’ll be asked to complete a very short survey about Cadbury products before the site announces that you have been qualified as a winner. In fact, you will qualify no matter what answers you provide on the survey. Every visitor “wins”.
Next, you’ll be instructed to share the page on Facebook, tag 9 friends, and add the comment “thanks”. By sharing, tagging, and commenting, you’ll be spamming on behalf of the scammers and exposing your friends and family to the scam as well.
After promoting the fake giveaway for the scammers, you’ll then be able to click the claim button. But, clicking doesn’t open a prize claim form as you might expect. Instead, you’ll be taken to one of several dodgy websites that offer the chance to win further prizes in exchange for registering with your name and contact details.
The personal info you submit will be shared with unscrupulous marketing companies who will soon begin hammering you with “enticing” offers via phone, text message, and email.
In some cases, the sites may attempt to trick you into divulging your credit card numbers, ostensibly to cover a small postage and handling fee for a “free” product.
Companies that use fake Facebook giveaways to promote their websites or products lose all credibility and they certainly should not be trusted with any of your personal information.
There are many variations of these giveaway scams on Facebook. Some people participate “just in case” the supposed giveaway is real. Please don’t be one of these people. If you do participate, you are just helping online crooks achieve their nefarious goals.
A screenshot of the scam post on Facebook:
A screenshot of the scam website:
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!