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Survey Scam: 'Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'


Message 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.

Survey Scam - 'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
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Brief Analysis

The 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.


[LATEST VIDEO] Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor Moments Ago

Mystery is solved - Sailor Rewarded $5 Million on spot

Survey Scam - 'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'

Detailed Analysis

Post Claims Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor

According to a 'news' message currently appearing on Facebook, lost Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 has been found by a sailor 'moments ago'. The message, which features a teaser image of a downed aircraft in water, is presented as a clickable video that supposedly allows you to see footage of the discovery.

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

However, the claims in the message are callous lies designed to further the goals of online scammers. MH-370 has not been found. The message is a survey scam that tries to trick you into promoting the fake message on Facebook and participating in suspect online surveys. The message is similar to earlier scam posts that also falsely claimed that MH-370 had been found.

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

The scammers who create these fake video posts earn money via dodgy affiliate marketing schemes each and every time that a user participates in a survey. And, by tricking people into sharing the scam posts, they can greatly increase the number of potential victims.

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

The teaser image in the message actually shows a shot of US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed into New York's Hudson River in January 2009. Due to the great skill of the pilot, all passengers and crew survived. The image has no connection whatsoever to Flight MH-370 and was obviously stolen from earlier news articles to be used in the scam message.

Be Cautious of 'Latest', 'Breaking', or 'Shocking' Video Posts

This message is just one among a long series of similar video scam messages that have targeted Facebook users. Be wary of any post that claims that you can see latest, breaking, or shocking video by clicking a link or video play button.

Fake Stamp - Survey Scam - 'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'


Last updated: July 8, 2014
First published: July 8, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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