Scammers have set up a number of fake Facebook pages dedicated to some of the Australian victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
The pages contain links, such as the example below, claiming to show video footage of the crash, which takes you instead to a web page that bombards you with pop up advertising. This is a form of fraud which is used to generate revenue for the scammers.
There is also the possibility that these links can lead to malware being downloaded onto your computer.
The safest option is to avoid clicking these links entirely.
Do not Like or Share these pages as this perpetuates the scams.
Some victims’ families have removed the legitimate Facebook pages to avoid confusion.
Facebook also works to identify and remove these pages. Things you can look for to identify a fake Facebook page include:
Unrealistic content or limited content
The page was created recently
Comments from others voicing suspicion
An odd (too few) number of likes for the organisation or person involved
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