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.
Above: Example of fake CNN Twitter account.
Here are the some of the fake handles being used:
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"