Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fake Malaysia Airlines news scams on Facebook , Twitter , etc.

Fake Malaysia Airlines news scams

Scammers are using the plight of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to create fake web links for profit.

"[Shocking Video] Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea."

"Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea - 50 people alive saved."

"CNN UPDATE [Breaking]Malaysian Airplane MH370 Already Found. Shocking Video"

The technique is by no means new, but that does not make it any less harmful.

When you click on the link it will take you to the website where is will make you shear and complete a survey to "Unlock" the video. But even after doing this things you won't be able to view the video because there is no video. 
Boyd says he has tracked hundreds of similar scams related to the Japanese Tsunami of 2011 and last year's earthquake in the Philippines. "They ranged from Malware and 419 scams to fake donation pages and search engine poisoning," Boyd tells Wired.co.uk. "Anything involving a potential disaster is big money for the scammers, as there's a split between clickers with a penchant for salacious content and those who simply want to know if a relative is okay or if there's any more news on a breaking disaster."

Original Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-03/14/beware-of-fake-malaysia-airlines-links (Wired.co.uk)

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