Scammers are using the high-interest into Malaysia Flight 370’s disappearance to steal or sell people’s identities.
They’re using social media like Facebook and Twitter, and claiming there’s video of the plane and survivors.
If someone clicks the link, they’re taken to a third party website and asked to update their video player. But instead of getting new software, they are really downloading malware.
Another common version asks people to take a survey before viewing the video.
Follow these tips from the Better Business Bureau to protect yourself:
- Don’t take the bait. Stay away from promotions of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” footage. If it sounds too outlandish (Bermuda Triangle, really?) to be true, it is probably a scam.
- Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.
- Don’t trust your friends’ taste online. It might not actually be them “liking” or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked. But it may also be clickjacking, a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking something that you wouldn’t otherwise (especially the Facebook “Like” button).
- On Facebook, report scam posts and other suspicious activity by following these instructions.
- On Twitter, if another user is sending you links to malware or other spam, report it to Twitter by following these instructions.