Beware of this Cadbury Easter Egg cyber fraud


From the past two weeks, most of the Facebook and WhatsApp users are being targeted by a specific cyber scam where the fraudsters are posting details that a lucky winner will get an Easter basket packed with chocolate treats, if in case, they win a competition related to hunting down an Easter egg.

As per the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, fraudsters are circulating a white rabbit image standing in front of a historic palatial house. And as soon as the victim touches the purple color egg in the paws of the rabbit, they are being diverted to a malicious link that promises to lead them to a free basket of Easter chocolates sponsored by Cadbury.

In reality, it is a scam to mint personal details of the victim and compromise their online security thereafter.

The highlight of this scam is the fact that the malicious link not only forces the victim to share personal details. But also helps in stealing contacts from the device, only if the victim is accessing the WhatsApp scam through a mobile phone.

It is like impersonating a company by using its identity to dupe customers.

Therefore, a lot of responsibility has to be taken by technology companies like FB and Google in cutting down such incidents by monitoring who are creating such web pages by impersonating big companies with malicious intentions.

In the past, online fraudsters have used big company names such as Samsung to hook victims into cyber scams. And so the Cadbury’s latest scam of presenting a winner with chocolates filled Easter basket is nothing new.


Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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