Scammers use Malaysia Airlines mystery to target victims on Facebook

This post on Facebook is likely a phishing scam. ABC-13 Eyewitness News will let you know any new details on the missing Malaysian jet story.
March 17, 2014 5:35:33 AM PDT
The Malaysian Airlines disappearance has everyone wanting to know what went wrong. Now, scammers claim they have all the answers, and they are using Facebook to find their victims.

If you see a Facebook post that says "Malyasian Airlines Finally Found!" or "Video of the Malaysia MH370 Plane Found in Bermuda Triangle!" promising "50 people alive saved!" do not click on it.

Despite the 10-day search, this has not happened yet and what really happened to the flight is still a mystery.

If you click on the malware links, you are immediately asked to share the story on your own wall for all your friends to see. Then, you'll be asked to fill out a few questionnaires. Now, the scammers have your personal information and you still don't know any more than the rest of us about the missing plane.

The spammers are using famous images of other flights, such as US Airways Flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River or Lion Air Flight 904 that crashed in Indonesia while all its passengers survived. Some of the posts also use an excessive amount of exclamations and incorrect capitalization. There's also formatting that you wouldn't ordinarily see on a real news article.

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