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Malaysia jet found in 'Bermuda Triangle' scam

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The Malaysia jet that disappeared ten days ago and is the subject of a 25 nation search across 6,000 miles of land and sea is being exploited by scammers, reports CBS News (March 17).

Malaysian Flight MH370 was last heard from at 1:19 on the morning of March 8 when the co-pilot gave a casual verbal signoff of “All right, good night”. Despite a massive international search effort, no trace of the passenger plane or its 239 people aboard has been found so far according to authorities.

But a scam circulating through phony news articles on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites claim the Malaysia jet has been discovered in the infamous “Bermuda Triangle” and even offer videos to support these claims. The “Bermuda Triangle” is an area of the Atlantic Ocean where supposedly extraterrestrial beings have engineered mysterious disappearances of planes and ships.

Fake videos or articles in social media with titles like “Malaysia Plane (MH-370) Has Been Found Near Bermuda Triangle” or “Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea—50 people alive saved” are used to capture the interest of readers and exploit this tragedy.

In some cases these Malaysia jet scam links are connected to a fake survey which requests permission to gain access to your profile. If you click on these links scammers could gain access to your profile and get access to your personal information like your telephone number and email address. Others are linked to advertisements, which allow scammers to deliver malware to your computer.

Chris Boyd, a malware intelligence analyst for Malwarebyte, says that scammers create scams like this one about the Malyasia jet being discovered in the “Bermuda Triangle”—and previous ones involving disasters like the earthquake last year in the Philippines—because “there’s big money in it for anybody willing to plumb the depths of human misery.

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