21 July 2014

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.

MH17 Scam

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

You can report inappropriate pages to Facebook.

Stay Smart Online has previously warned about spam, fake social media posts and other kinds of fraud targeting significant events such as the FIFA World Cup, the Boston Marathon Bombings, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 and the Royal Baby.

More information

Stay Smart Online has more information on avoiding online scams and managing spam.

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This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Communications ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

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