Facebook Inc (FB) Scammers Create Fake Tribute Pages For MH17 Victims

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) was latest hit by scammers, who set up fake Facebook profiles using the identities of Malaysia Airlines flight victims along with the claims that credit-cards of the deceased might have been stolen. The online scammers misused the names and photos of Australian MH17 plane crash victims to open a fake tribute page to increase traffic to an unknown external website.

A cheap trick from Facebook scammers

Those, victims whose photos were used by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) scammers include young Perth siblings Otis, Evie and Mo Maslin, Canberra woman Liliane Derden and Fatima Dyczynski, a German who was on the flight. There were victims from the other countries such as US, British-born Kiwi Rob Ayley, Malaysia Airlines pilot Eugene Choo Jin Leong and Richard Mayne, Ben Pocock and Liam Sweeney from the UK.

Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko said that “death hunters” are stealing cash, jewelry and credit-cards of the victims, who were brutally shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

“My humble request to the relatives of the victims to freeze their credit cards, so that they won’t lose their assets to terrorists!” Gerashchenko said in the post.

Responding to the claims, Dutch Banking Association said that next of the kin would be paid any damage from the misuse and theft of the credit-card. The statement read that International media is claiming that debit-cards of the victims is stolen, but a debit-card without a pin cannot be of any use. Also, if the need arises, the banks will take preventive measures.

To be precise, 198 passengers of total 298 deceased were Dutch and the decomposing body of the victims was put in the body bags and carried in refrigerated trains by Ukraine emergency services, probably due to the Russia backed protestors.

Belongings of the victims stolen

According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist Phil Williams, who was present at the crash site, confirmed that the belongings of the passengers from the flight were dug, and handbags as well as wallets went missing. Williams said that it looks like there have been some kind of looting because every bag present at the site was opened.

Although Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has discontinued the pages, but external site goalshighlights.com remains live. The site was registered in Bucharest, Romania in 2010 and the ISP address tracks back to the Netherlands.

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