And now there have been reports of scammy Facebook pages set up using the names of those victims, that are instead spreading malware to steal personal info, as well as others directing people to sex sites, online gambling and other spam using false headlines, according to Australian SCAMWatch, an effort run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, via USA Today.
An example fake link headline reads: “Video camera caught the moment plane MH17 crash over Ukraine.Watch here the video of crash.”
Those kinds of headlines aren’t leading to any more information, but rather to porn sites, get-rich-quick schemes or businesses selling counterfeit drugs.
There have also been fake charity sites popping up across the Internet, purporting to be collecting money for victims’ families linked to the crash.
“If you hand over money to the ‘charity’ or ‘fundraiser’ your money will go straight into the pockets of a scammer and the victims will never receive a cent,” the ACCC says.