The scam was posted on social media and claims to be from Cadbury’s, offering customers a free basket or gift box to anyone who comments and shares the post. Claiming to celebrate the company’s 147th anniversary, chocolate lovers are urged not to click on it.
One person said: “I was blocked for trying to warn people about the scam. It has over 50,000 interactions and they are called “Cadbury Word” on Facebook. It is a scam. “
Another wrote: “There is a scam masquerading as a giveaway circulating on Facebook
“Please don’t give out any of your personal information, the Cadbury message going around is a scam, be careful,” a third person tweeted.
Express.co.uk has contacted Cadbury to comment on the issue.
Attila Tomaschek, digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, warned people against the scam.
The expert said: “The crooks are trying to capitalize on people’s sweet tooth by deploying phishing emails offering recipients a free ‘Cadbury Pack’ that appears to be an assortment of goodies from the famous chocolatier.
“The recipient is asked to click on a link to claim the package – no matter how tempting the assortment of chocolates may seem – email users should never click on any link in an unsolicited email message.
“Clicking on an unknown link could lead you to inject malware into your device or direct you to a malicious website designed to collect your sensitive personal and financial information. “
What are the signs of a scam that people can look for?
The expert added: “As is the case with this particular Cadbury scam, a dead giveaway you’re dealing with something that isn’t exactly what it appears to be if the email address isn’t. not consistent with the alleged sender of the email.
“You can identify if an email address is legitimate by hovering over or tapping on the sender in the email, here you can see the exact email address the message came from.
“If it looks suspicious in any way or doesn’t match the entity it claims to be from, delete the email immediately.”
“Under no circumstances should you interact with such a message.
“Users should also check the email for misspellings or other grammatical errors, which can also alert you to the presence of a phishing scam. “