Scam Alert: Fake ‘Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′ video is actually malware

scamIt seems that hackers and scammers are willing to do virtually anything to steal control of your computer, your online accounts and your sensitive personal information these days.

The latest scam making the rounds takes advantage of our natural curiosity about what might have happened to the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. 

The miscreants have created a fake video that’s popping up on Timeslines all across Facebook claiming to contain footage of the missing aircraft floating in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. DO NOT click to watch this video, because if you do you’ll be re-directed to a malicious website that will download malware onto your PC. That malware will give the hacker direct access to your Facebook account.

If you have clicked on this fake video, you should immediately change your Facebook password and take steps to remove the malware from your PC (this post explains how).

Bottom line:  It’s easy to get tricked into clicking on malicious links on Facebook. That’s why it’s wise to think about these things before we click on them, regardless of how enticing they seem to be.

Note: I hope you’ll consider sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter so your friends will find about it as soon as possible.