BBB Warns of Online Scams in the Wake of Osama’s Death
Better Business Bureau
Arlington, VA – In the aftermath of the death of Osama
bin Laden this past weekend, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers
to watch out for a slew of cyber-scams that have popped up in the past
According to Kaspersky Labs, an Internet security
firm, malicious websites and links have been proliferating on Google
Images searches, Facebook, and other social media sites.
Facebook, a fake video purporting to show the death of Bin Laden prompts
users to input a malicious URL into their browsers, which could infect
their computer with a virus. Kaspersky also reports that other Facebook
scams lure victims to malicious Facebook Pages with promises of free
airplane tickets, and other “free” offers to “celebrate Osama’s death.”
Consumers and businesses should also be very wary of scams similar to
the Nigerian Letter Scam circling around Osama’s death. Although each
letter may contain a slightly different appeal, BBB is reporting that
the latest letter has stated a "soldier" asking for assistance in
transferring millions of dollars of excess money to a trustworthy U.S.
citizen. To participate in the deal, the person must contact the soldier
to solidify the partnership and arrange pickup of the millions.