Online Scams Proliferate In The Wake Of Osama’s Death

May 11, 2011

DAYTON, OHIO, May 5, 2011 – In the aftermath of the death of Osama Bin Laden this past weekend, your Better Business Bureau is warning you 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 Web sites and links have been proliferating on Google Images search, 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 will infect their computers 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.”


Also, be very wary of links to Osama-related Web sites found on Twitter or any link with a URL that leads to an unfamiliar webpage. Often these links will lead you to Web sites with viruses or forms that encourage you to enter personal information, which can be used to steal your identity.


Your Better Business Bureau offers these additional tips:


•  Be mindful about clicking on links that purport to show information that’s not widely available from respected news sources. In the case of Bin Laden, no photos or videos related to his death have been released. Be extremely skeptical of links that say otherwise.

•  Be wary of free offers “celebrating” any sort of occasion, especially if the offer comes from a company or Web site you haven’t heard of before. Often times all it takes for a scammer to infect your computer with a virus is clicking on one bad link.

•  If you you’re unsure if an offer or a Web site is legitimate, contact your BBB at (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301. For more information on how you can protect yourself against scams or to find reputable businesses, visit


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