Scam Alert to Credit Union Members – Scammers use missing Malaysia Airlines plane news as online bait

CSO Magazine * provides news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk management topics and recently reported a scam taking place using the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The following article was published by CSO on March 19, 2014:

“CSO is warning people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane to steer clear of a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.

According to a blog by Websense, senior manager Carl Leonard, the fake Facebook page has a share button, blue and white graphics and looks legitimate. However, if a consumer clicks on the site, they are presented with a link which claims to present a Yahoo! news article.

The user is then encouraged to share the news article. If the person is logged into Facebook, the fake link is shared with all their friends, warned Leonard. People are than presented with a link containing a YouTube video which is rated R18+.

“To verify your age, you have to complete a short test below,” reads the message. People are encouraged to take part in the test with claims of thousands of dollars or vouchers if they do. However, this is a lure designed to generate money for the scammers as part of what Leonard referred to as a Cost Per Action (CPA) scam. CPA is an online advertising price model where the advertiser pays for clicks or impressions.”**

*CSO’s areas of focus include information security, physical security, business continuity, identity and access management, loss prevention and more. CSO magazine and are published by CXO Media Inc., which is an IDG (International Data Group) company.
** Barwick, Hamish. “Scammers use missing Malaysia Airlines plane news as online bait.” CSO Security and Risk. 19 March 2014.