Facebook might be the ‘most hated’ social media company in the US according to a survey, but it also has its merits – such as helping a mom reunite with her son close to three decades later after giving him up for adoption. Well, just like how there are two sides to a coin, so too, can Facebook be abused. Some scammers have decided to take advantage of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that was shot down over Ukraine by a missile, posing as victims in order to gain sympathy funds from the public.
Facebook claims that some of these scammers have already set up profiles as Australians who are linked to the plane tragedy. The profiles do contain links to selected blogs that will then bombard the users with adware as well as other kinds of scam links. Facebook has assured the masses that they will disable such false profiles that carry malicious intent upon discovery, but users too, are urged to assist in this effort by reporting suspicious behavior.
Apparently, a fair number of Dutch as well as Australian users have already fallen for the scam links, which is no surprise considering there was a loss of 193 passengers from the Netherlands who were aboard MH17.