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SCAM: 'Mysterious Malaysia Plane Finally Found!' Video


As shared on Facebook, March 25, 2014:
The Mysterious Malaysia Plane Finally Found!!! Passsengers might be alive!

Netlore Archive: Viral postings tout "news video" claiming that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found and passengers may be alive.

Via Facebook

Description: Viral posts
Circulating since: March 2014
Status: SCAM

Analysis: As of this writing, authorities are still searching for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which is believed to have crashed in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

Social media postings claiming that the plane has been found and that there might be survivors are cynical scams attempting to exploit public interest in the fate of the lost airliner, which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

The blurbs are propagated by unwary users who attempt to view a nonexistent "BBC News video" supposedly showing the discovery of the aircraft. After complying with instructions to like and share the video, which causes the blurbs to appear on their own timelines and the news feeds of their friends, users are then prompted to download unnecessary and possibly malicious software to their computers. Needless to say, this is inadvisable.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 scams & hoaxes:
Fake CNN Tweets: "Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in a Bay"
Sarah Palin Wonders If Flight 370 "Flew Directly to Heaven"
Malaysia Airlines "Lose Yourself" Ad
"Hijacker Video of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370"
"Malaysian Plane Crash Is FOUND!" Video
"Malaysian Airlines Finally Found!" Video


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Last updated 03/25/14

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