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Fake CNN Twitter Accounts Claim Malaysia Flight 370 'Found in Bay'

By March 23, 2014

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It's a hoax and a scam: Malaysia Airlines MH350 Found in Bay

Fake Twitter accounts using CNN's name and logo are tricking users into retweeting posts claiming that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (or "MH350," as the missing plane is erroneously referred to in one example) has been "found in a bay." Nothing of the sort has actually been reported.

It's a clickjacking scam. Users who follow links in these tweets are redirected to a promotional website, MobileLikez.com, where they're belatedly informed that the Malaysia Airlines story is a hoax and encouraged to click on ads.

Here are some of the fake headlines being tweeted:
BREAKING NEWS: Malaysian Flight 370 has been found.
BREAKING: Malaysian Flight 370 has been found in bay.
Malaysian Airlines 'MH350' has been found in bay.
Malaysian aircraft MH370, found in a bay.

Malaysian Airlines MH370 Found in a BayAbove: Example of fake CNN Twitter account.

Here are the some of the fake handles being used:
• @ReaICNN
• @OfficiallCNN
• @OfficiaICNN
• @OfficiaI_CNN
• @OFFICIALCNN_

Word to the wise: always confirm sources before retweeting. Stories purporting to come from CNN can be checked by going to CNN's website, www.cnn.com.

Yes, it's just that easy.

Flight MH370 scams and hoaxes:
Malaysia Airlines "Lose Yourself" Ad
"Malaysian Airlines Finally Found" Video Scam
Sarah Palin Wonders If Flight 370 "Flew Directly to Heaven"

Comments

March 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm
(1) rich says:

they will never find the plane and we will never know the truth. So why is everyone making up stories. CNN and the Malaysian government should be ashamed of themselves, they are family members that will never see their loved ones again and they continue to report nothing but speculation and unproven theories. God is the only one that knows the truth.

March 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm
(2) Ian says:

I”m a Malaysian and I think that our government is hiding something from us secretly. Right now, I don’t trust anything from the social media

March 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(3) Colton says:

Rich we might find it, but it might have been used as a weapon by time we do find it.

March 28, 2014 at 2:37 am
(4) Buddydoggie says:

This picture seems to me to be that of a small private prop in relatively shallow water. How anyone can mistake that for a huge jetliner is beyond me. Plus if it actually did go down in the Indian Ocean, it is probably beneath 14,000 of water.

April 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(5) Scotty says:

Its a real version of ” lost”

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