Scam alert: Facebook says Malaysian flight MH370 has been found

The disappearance of the Malaysian MH370 flight that was carrying 239 passengers remains a baffling mystery. As the search for it continues, beware of a scam doing the rounds on Facebook (posed as a news story) claiming that the plane has been found.

You may or may not have seen this on your News Feed with the headline: “Malaysian Airlines Finally Found!” or “Video of the Malaysia MH370 Plane Found in Bermuda Triangle!”. Unless you’d like to be hacked by online marketers and SMS subscription services, avoid clicking the link.

Images of the US Airways Flight 1549 and Lion Air Flight 904 that crash-landed into water in 2009 and 2013 respectively, are used in the viral scam’s link.

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Once you’ve clicked the link, you’ll be prompted to share the story on your Timeline before reading it.  Afterwards, you’ll be lead to a YouTube video where a ‘security check’ pops up and directs you to a fake online survey that asks for your personal details. (Users that fill out the survey will be sharing personal information with third party marketers who have bought the information.)

The solution? Think before you click and avoid these links at all costs to avoid being signed up to expensive SMS subscriptions,  or receiving unwanted email, phone calls, etc.


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