The mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its unusual disappearance has captivated the world, with cybercriminals and scammers cashing in on the tragedy. The scam email says the flight wreckage has been found and invites users to click on a link to learn more, as many email viewers are curious to learn what happened to the flight.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently issued a memo warning users to hover over links to see the URL address, don't trust friends' online tastes for liking and sharing, and report suspected scam posts.
Cybercriminals often use holidays, major events, and disasters to influence the spread of malware aimed to compromise users and steal personal information.
"All of a sudden up pops this opportunity for you to see this amazing, thrilling, unbelievable video," said Phil Catlett, BBB spokesman, telling the media. "You click on those links, you don't know what's gonna happen to you. Then in the future they're able to access your computer anytime that they want and they can monitor your keystrokes and potentially learn your passwords and where you do your financial things online."