According to a message that is currently being distributed on Facebook, missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been located in the Bermuda Triangle. And, claims the message, the passengers on the plane are alive. The post invites users to click a link to view breaking news footage of the miracle discovery. It features a teaser image supposedly depicting the downed plane in the water with rescuers ferrying passengers to the nearby shore.
However, the claims in the message are callous lies perpetrated by immoral Facebook survey scammers. The missing aircraft certainly has not been found in the Bermuda Triangle and the promised video footage does not exist. At the time of writing, the location of the plane and the fate of its passengers were still unconfirmed.
The image used in the scam post shows a Lion Air passenger plane that crashed into the sea when landing on Bali in April 2013. While there were some injuries in the crash, there were no fatalities. The picture has no connection whatsoever with flight MH370.
Those who fall for the trick and click the link in the scam post will first be taken to a fake Facebook page and told that they must share the same message with their Facebook friends before they can access the supposed video. This tactic tricks them into doing the scammer’s dirty work by promoting the message across the network.
Once they have shared as requested, users will then be taken to another fake page that supposedly hosts the video. However, a popup ‘Security Check’ window will appear that claims that they must prove that they are human by clicking a link and participating in an online survey or offer.
But, no matter how many surveys or offers they complete, they will never get to see the promised video.
The surveys will ask users to provide their mobile phone numbers, ostensibly to get survey results or register for a prize. But, fine print on the page will inform users that, by submitting their phone numbers, they are actually signing up to a very expensive SMS subscription that takes several dollars from the user’s phone account every time it sends a text. Other surveys or offers may ask users to provide their name, address and phone number to continue participation. This information will later be shared with online marketers, resulting in unwanted email, phone calls and surface mail.
The people who create these survey scams earn money from affiliate marketing schemes whenever a user participates in a survey.
Sadly, these contemptible individuals seemingly have no scruples and are happy to capitalize on tragedies such as MH370 to further their own nefarious objectives. If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not click on any links that it contains.