Survey Scam: 'Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
OutlineMessage circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims are lies. Flight MH-370 has not been found. The image in the message depicts a US Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River in 2009. The message is a scam designed to trick people into spamming their friends and participating in bogus surveys.
Mystery is solved - Sailor Rewarded $5 Million on spot
Post Claims Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor
The message also claims that the sailor who solved the mystery by finding the lost plane was given a $5 million reward.
Plane Has NOT Been Found. Post is A Survey Scam
Clicking the link in the message takes you to a fake Facebook page that supposedly contains the video. When you try to play the video, a pop-up message will inform you that you must first share the page to your Facebook friends.
But, even if you did share as instructed, you would still not get to see the video. After sharing, you will be told that you must complete a survey as a means of verifying your age.
Alas, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to see the promised video, which never existed to begin with.
Scammers Earn Money Via Affiliate Schemes
Some of the 'survey' pages ask you to provide your mobile phone number, an act that actually subscribes you to a very expensive text messaging service. Others may ask you to provide personal information including your name, address and contact details.
Thus, you may end up with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and may begin receiving unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Image Shows Hudson River Crash, Not MH-370
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Last updated: July 8, 2014
First published: July 8, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen