Scammers using missing Malaysia Airlines flight as bait for trickery

The Better Business Bureau is warning users to be weary of any links that discuss a report that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has been found.

Published Wed, Apr 2 2014 10:44 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

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.

Scammers using missing Malaysia Airlines flight as bait for trickery |

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."


An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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