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New Scam Says Malaysian Airline Has Been Found

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(WLNS) - The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of a new scam that targets those interested in reading news on the Malaysian plane that is still yet to be found.

The scam works like this: you're on Facebook or Twitter and a post catches your attention, so naturally you would want to click on it to read more. Instead of being taken to a news site, you're actually directed to a third party website. From there a pop up will prompt you to update your video player.

If you click on that pop up you will not be downloading any updates, instead the spammer has gotten you to download malware.

This scam has a few different variations, such as one version asking the user to take a survey before watching the video.

While the scam is being seen a lot on Facebook, it has also shown up through other social media sites and the BBB warns that it could be sent via e-mail.

In order to avoid downloading malware and scammers obtaining your personal information, there's a few steps to follow.

First, steer clear of any type of post that offers "exclusive", "shocking" or "sensational" footage. If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably a scam.

Versions of the current Malysian scam may look something like this:
"Video of Malaysia MH370 Planet Found in Bermuda Triangle. Passengers alive"
"[NEWS FLASH] Missing Plane Has Been Found!"

Before you click, hover your mouse over the link to see the destination. If you don't recognize the website, don't click the link.

Facebook and Twitter both have suspicious activity report boxes set up. If you see a post like this on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to report it so other people don't fall into a trap because of a scam.

The BBB also warns consumers not to trust friends' tastes online. If a friends account has been hacked and you click on a link related to anything they've posted, you could be in danger.

Click: how to report spam on Facebook & Twitter

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