Terrorist Attack In Missing EgyptAir Flight MS804
How the scam works:
(with video below) Terrible news hit the world earlier this week when the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board in the Mediterranean Sea. While authorities are still looking for all the evidence pieces that incriminate the cause of the accident, more and more voices bring up the fact that this was, indeed, a terrorist attack.
Watch the video below to see shocking footage and live updates from the scene of the crash, on Mirror:
Unfortunately, every time a major tragedy occurs in the world, scammers take advantage of the situation to victimize people who believe in their lies.
In the latest scam, criminals posted links on all the social media outlets using fake images and titles related to the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804. Once open, the links are automatically posted on your wall so all your friends believe you recommend the reading. From here, there are several ways you could become a victim. Scammers lure you in with titles such as: "The Proof That EgyptAir MS804 Had A Bomb On Board", "Cell Phone With Video Recorded Just Before Crash Is Found In Debris", or "EgyptAir Passenger Captures Terrorists On Video Right Before The Crash".
Just like in other similar "latest news" type of Facebook scams, clicking the message link will take you to a page which looks exactly like Facebook, but is a fake. A bogus video player is also displayed along with an “Update Required” notification. The site asks you to download a Flash Player update in order to watch the video.
Clicking on the “Install” button will install malware on your computer. This malware program will gather your information (passwords, account numbers), and email them back to the scammer. One of the most notorious ones is the Koobface worm, which has earned scammers income mainly through pay-per-install malware.
In a different variation of the scam, if you want to see the promised EgyptAir MS804 terrorist video, you are required to share the article on Facebook, first. That's how you got to see all your friends sharing it earlier. How do the scammers benefit from this? Let's take a look.
After you click the "share" button, another notification comes up on your computer's screen. And this is where the money is for scammers. To continue, you are required to take a survey, for which scammers get affiliate commissions. "To watch this video, please confirm you are old enough by taking this survey," says the notification. Since people are curious in nature, many wouldn't mind taking a 2-minute survey just to see the EgyptAir crash. Only there is nothing to be seen.
How to avoid the EgyptAir MS804 Terrorist Attack scam:
Most importantly, when you see the preview on your Facebook newsfeed, look for the domain name on which the article is apparently posted on. It should be right under the picture. If it's not a website or name you heard of (which should be at least a decent media outlet, such as CNN, BBC, TMZ, Associated Press, Reuters, etc) – you can rest assured somebody is playing tricks in order to lure people into clicking on the link.
Meanwhile, the searches for the causes that determined EgyptAir MS804 to crash are still going strong.
How to report the EgyptAir MS804 Terrorist Attack scam:
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