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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Australian watchdog warns of scams

Published on Jul 22, 2014 11:28 AM
 
A photo illustration of a Facebook logo on an iPad. Australia's consumer watchdog has warned people to be wary of scams seeking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, saying false Facebook profiles had already been set up. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's consumer watchdog has warned people to be wary of scams seeking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, saying false Facebook profiles had already been set up.

In an attempt to make money from the tragedy of the jet which was apparently shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board, fake social media profiles of some Australian victims had been created, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said.

"The profiles direct people to a blog, where they are then bombarded with dubious advertisements," the ACCC said in a statement late Monday.

"If you click on the advertisement, the scammer can make money from the advertising 'service' (where they receive advertising revenue for each click through to a client's website or product)."

 
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