According to a post that is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook, Cadbury Australia is giving everyone who shares and comments a free chocolate hamper.
The post claims that the hamper will be delivered to your door on a specified date and urges you to click a link to enter. The post features a Cadbury logo along with images depicting Cadbury products and the supposed company manager.
Despite its appearance, however, the post has no connection to Cadbury and nobody who participates will get the promised free hamper.
In fact, the post is a typical Facebook giveaway scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal information via suspect websites.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that pretends to check your entry before displaying a notification claiming that you have been “successfully validated” (see screenshot below).
But, clicking the “claim” button on the notification takes you to another bogus website that asks you to enter your personal details for the chance to win further prizes. The information you enter will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will then bombard you with unwanted promotional emails, text messages, and phone calls.
In some cases, the fake site may try to nab your credit card details. The version I encountered while researching this report claimed that I could win a free Sony Playstation but I was required to pay a delivery fee by providing my credit card numbers. Fine print on the page noted that, by entering, I would be charged an ongoing monthly subscription fee. These bogus subscriptions can be very difficult to stop. And, of course, I would never get the promised Playstation. Nor, alas, would I ever get the Cadbury Hamper.
The Good News
Just as I was finalizing this report, Facebook apparently took down the fake Cadbury Australia Page.
The Bad News
If past scam attempts are anything to go on, new and very similar versions of the scam will likely appear on Facebook in due course.
Be wary of any Facebook post or Page that claims that you can win valuable prizes just by sharing, liking, or commenting. While some prize promotions on Facebook are legitimate, many are scams.
Check out this Hoax-Slayer guide for further information.
A screenshot of the scam Facebook Post:
A Screenshot of the Fake Claim Notification Web Page:
Transcript of the Scam Post
Hello Everyone, my name is Becky White and I’m one of the managers at Cadbury Australia! I have some good news for you all – To celebrate 126 years of Cadbury, EVERYONE who shaᴦes and comments in the next 24hrs will get one of these Cadbury Hampers delivered to their door on Wednesday 9th. Limit 1 per person. Make Sure You Enter Here : [URL Removed] Enjoy your free chocolate.
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