Malaysian MH370 Flight found in Bermuda Triangle messages - Facebook Rumour
Video of Malaysia MH370 Plane found in Bermuda Triangle! Passengers alive!
Breaking news video footage of this miracle just released on CNN!
Links are spreading across Facebook that claim the recently missing Malaysian flight has been found in the Bermuda Triangle and that the passengers are alive.
However the headline is nothing short of an immoral hoax, designed to lure victims into both sharing a webpage as well as completing intrusive surveys that harvest their personal information. The scammers get a commission every time a user’s completes one of these surveys.
These types of scams will use breaking news as well as prey on a user’s naivety in order to lure them into a typical share-to-watch scam that have been trending on Facebook recently.
Of course the Malaysian flight was not found in the Bermuda triangle. For those not in the know, the Bermuda Triangle is deemed by many to be a supernatural area where boats and planes would go missing, and it is located between the southern part of The United States, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda. It is half way across the globe from where the search efforts for the Malaysian flight are taking place, so if the plane did suddenly turn up there, it would be very strange indeed.
The image featured in the scam is a picture of the Lion Air Jet that crashed near Bali, and nothing to do with the Malaysian flight that is still missing at the time of writing.
The advice once again is stunningly simple – do NOT share stories/videos/images on your Facebook timeline in order to “proceed” to your destination, whatever that may be. The same advice applies to surveys and questionnaires – never complete them to proceed either.
As soon as people stop falling for these scams, the sooner this type of spam stops spreading across our newsfeeds.
Social media and the Internet is rife with rumour, misinformation, propaganda and untruth. It is like this because people can be irresponsible with what information they choose to share.
Our community works hard to try and debunk and assist in as many cases as possible, as well as teach people how to share responsibly. We believe it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.
If you are interested in this, feel free to read our two-part blog. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.
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