Staffordshire Police warning over free Cadbury Easter basket Whatsapp scam | #socialmedia


Cadbury has issued a warning to the public over a free Easter chocolate scam that has been circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms. People have been receiving a message that contains a link claiming to offer the recipient a free chocolate hamper.

However, the chocolate manufacturer has confirmed that the offer is not genuine and warned consumers not to interact with it. And Staffordshire Police have echoed Cadbury’s message.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Please be aware of a new WhatsApp scam claiming to be giving away free Cadbury chocolate for Easter. While the message might seem genuine on first glance, do not click the link as could compromise your personal and financial details.”

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Some of those who almost fell for the sinister scam and took to Facebook warn others, reports Irish Mirror.

One person wrote: “I’ve had 3 messages in last 5 minutes on Whatsapp promising a free choc hamper. Its a scam please don’t fall for it. They wait for you to fill it all in to steal your identity. If something normally sounds too good to be true it usually is!”

Another said: “Just a heads up, if anyone gets a WhatsApp message offering free Cadbury Hampers, it’s a phishing scam that could potentially cost you money and loss of personal information. Don’t take the bait!!!”

While a third said: “Apologies for forwarding a post allegedly from Cadbury yesterday offering free chocolate. It’s a scam and was used in England a year or so back. As usual, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The scam WhatsApp message

Cadbury has urged fans not to interact or share personal information through the post.

Posting on their official Facebook page Cadbury said: “We’ve been made aware of circulating posts on social media, claiming to offer consumers a free Easter Chocolate basket. We can confirm that this has not been generated by us and would urge consumers not to interact or share personal information through the post. Customer security is our priority and we’re working with the relevant organisations to ensure this is resolved.”

Other Cadbury hamper scams have also emerged, including a fake page that was set up on Facebook.

The fraudulent page named “Cadbury AU” published a post on Tuesday, claiming that a Cadbury employee named Becky White was running an Easter promotion.

It reads: “Hello everyone, my name is Becky White, and I’m one of the managers at Cadbury Australia! To celebrate Easter this year, EVERYONE who shares and comments by 11pm March 31st will get one of these Cadbury Hampers delivered to their food on April 10th. Limit 1 per person. Enjoy your free chocolate.”

Cadbury has confirmed that the post has nothing to do with them and asked people not to interact with it.

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