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‘Malaysia jet found near Bermuda Triangle’: Warning over ‘sick’ scam

Scammers are posting fake reports to Facebook in attempt to entice website users for profit, analyst warns

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Fake news about the missing Malaysian flight MH370 is being circulated online as scammers attempt to lure website users for profit, it has been claimed.

Articles posted to Facebook and social media sites carry headlines such as “Malaysia Plane (MH-370) Has Been Found Near Bermuda Triangle. BBC News: Recent Video Released!” in a bid to grab readers’ attention.

In some cases, such articles link to a surveys or encourage users to click on adverts, which can bring profits to the scammer, wrote analyst Christopher Boyd.

“Unfortunately, we have to warn you that scammers are looking to make some money off the back of the disappearance of Flight MH370 via the usual social media channels,” he wrote on the Malwarebytes blog.

“The links typically lead to fake news / video sites, and encourage visitors to share the links to social media channels then either fill in surveys or click on adverts.”

Fake news posts in circulation carry headlines such as “Shocking Video: Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found at sea” and “Malaysian Airplane MH370 Already Found. Shocking Video Release Today by CNN”, according to the blog.

“It goes without saying that they won’t be shown a crash video at the end of this process, because there is no crash video – just a sick hoax,” it added.

Similar scams were seen after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and the Philippines earthquake last year, The Independent reported.