Cybercriminals are impersonating the confectioner Cadbury online to steal personal data.
Users of social media platform Facebook and messaging platform WhatsApp have encountered a scam that lures victims with the promise that they will receive a free Easter basket packed with chocolate treats.
Cadbury has confirmed that the offer is “not genuine” and has stated that it is taking action to resolve the issue.
A tweet posted to the Cadbury UK Twitter account on March 31 stated: “We’ve been made aware of circulating posts on social media claiming to offer consumers a free Easter Chocolate basket.
“We can confirm this hasn’t been generated by us & we urge consumers not to interact. Your security is our priority & we’re currently working to resolve this.”
The scammers have taken a direct approach, sending targets a malicious link in a direct message. The message includes an image of a white rabbit on a lawn in front of a large historic home. In the rabbit’s paws is a purple Cadbury Easter egg, printed with the message “Join the Cadbury Easter egg hunt.”
Along with the image is the text “Cadbury FREE Easter Chocolate Basket, 5 free gifts for you,” together with a link.
Following the link takes users to a page where they are asked to share their personal information.