May 5, 2011

BBB Warns of Online Scams in the Wake of Osama’s Death

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 few days.

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.

On 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.

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