Bermuda Triangle Plane Hoax Hits Facebook

March 14, 2014

A viral Facebook post is claiming there is video footage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Bermuda Triangle and that passengers are alive, but the cruel hoax spreading worldwide on the social network is a clickjacking scam.

“Video of Malaysia MH370 Plane found in Bermuda Triangle! Passengers alive,” the post reads, claiming there’s video footage of it. “Breaking news video footage of this miracle just released on CNN!”

The airplane — carrying 239 people — disappeared while traveling from Malaysia to China, with air traffic controllers losing contact with the plane this weekend.

The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was expected to land in Beijing, a 2,300-mile [3,700 kilometer] trip, and has not been seen in almost a week.

As speculation continues to grow over the missing plane, numerous references to are being made in various reports to the Bermuda Triangle, and a Malaysian MP was accused of insensitive behaviour due to his suggestion that there is a “new Bermuda Triangle” when commenting on the missing flight.

Screenshot of the hoax video:
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According to a post on Hoax Slayer, “The post invites users to click a link to view breaking news footage of the miracle discovery. It features a teaser image supposedly depicting the downed plane in the water with rescuers ferrying passengers to the nearby shore.

“However, the claims in the message are callous lies perpetrated by immoral Facebook survey scammers. The missing aircraft certainly has not been found in the Bermuda Triangle and the promised video footage does not exist. At the time of writing, the location of the plane and the fate of its passengers were still unconfirmed.

“The image used in the scam post shows a Lion Air passenger plane that crashed into the sea when landing on Bali in April 2013. While there were some injuries in the crash, there were no fatalities. The picture has no connection whatsoever with flight MH370.

“Those who fall for the trick and click the link in the scam post will first be taken to a fake Facebook page and told that they must share the same message with their Facebook friends before they can access the supposed video. This tactic tricks them into doing the scammer’s dirty work by promoting the message across the network.”

“Once they have shared as requested, users will then be taken to another fake page that supposedly hosts the video. However, a popup ‘Security Check’ window will appear that claims that they must prove that they are human by clicking a link and participating in an online survey or offer.

“But, no matter how many surveys or offers they complete, they will never get to see the promised video.”

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  1. WoW says:

    Gosh so sad for someone to do this.

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Anyone dumb enough to believe this stuff does not deserve any sympathy.

  3. wondering says:

    and to my idiot FB friends I now know how simple you are………watch out for the bank of butterfield scam – those guys are persistent in sending a set of progressively tricky emails

  4. MAKE MY DAY says:

    As an *Onion* in the States… I’m now getting questions about the Bermuda Triangle (some quite serious) all the time now!!

    I have to keep telling people that the Bermuda Triangle is good for selling *books and movies* only!! You’d be surprised what people actually believe!!

    • It has always been a plug for the Island…regardless of what’s been/being said about the “triangle”