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Facebook group ‘Cadbury Rewards’ shared a post talking about their limited-edition free hamper campaign, as a celebration for 126 years of Cadbury.
Using the fake identity of ‘Anna Burton’, this group claimed to send a Cadbury Hamper to everyone who shared and commented on their post, attaching a registration link that redirected victims to a Cadbury-branded form.
The form asked visitors to enter personal details such as their name, email ID, contact number, address, and credit card details.
Owned by Mondelēz International, the 196 (not 126!) year old brand responded to the Cadbury phishing scam by stating that the campaign hasn’t been generated by Cadbury and that the public should avoid engaging with the post.
“The security of our customers is our priority and we’re working with the relevant organizations to ensure this is resolved.”, Mondelez added.
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With Christmas around the corner and COVID-19 dampening everyone’s spirits, this scam was well-timed and adequately enticing to users who wished to gift their loved ones a treat.
Spotted by think tank Parliament Street, the post garnered over 1.7k likes and hundreds of comments by November 08, 2020. “A Google search will show you the retailer’s genuine website, where you can find links to their real social media pages, so you can check if the offer is posted there.”, security firm Egress CEO added.
ByteVarsity Cybersecurity Tips:
- Never engage with these types of fake online scams.
- Phishing scams can steal your personal data like passwords, credit card information, etc.
- Report and block these types of social media posts and emails immediately.