Please be vigilant to a WhatsApp scam currently circulating which is tempting people to click on a link in order to receive a ‘Cadbury FREE Easter Chocolate Basket’ after completing a short quiz. When you click on the link you’ll be directed to a website which looks genuine but isn’t, and may be looking to compile your personal and financial details for fraudulent activity.
It can sometimes be hard to tell if a competition or website is legitimate, but if it seems too good to be true it’s often a scam. ‘Take Five’ if you’re in receipt of messages like this, ask yourself what’s being ‘offered’ and if it seems too good to be true.
To check the credibility of offers like this, use a reliable source, such as visiting the official website directly, and using trusted contact details to make contact with the company. Avoid clicking on links in the message itself.
If you’re concerned about a possible scam, or if you’ve been a victim of a cyber scam like this, you can report it to the national fraud reporting service, Action Fraud, by visiting their website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or calling 0300 123 2040