“As millions around the world mourn the loss of Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs, opportunistic online crooks have already begun to cook up schemes exploiting the tragedy for their own benefit,” Matt Liebowitz reports for MSNBC.com.

“One such scam, spotted by researcher Dmitri Bestuzhev from the security firm Kaspersky Lab, is a fake contest you can enter for the chance to win ‘1 of 15 MacBook Pros in memory of Steve Jobs!'” Liebowitz reports. “Beneath the enticing offer is a space to enter your email address; while you won’t win a new laptop, the chances of you winning a whole new batch of spam emails are high.”

Liebowitz reports, “Another part of the scam Bestuzhev found was the chance to see exclusive photos and video footage from Steve Jobs’ funeral. Below a header reading, ‘The Life, Death, and Legacy of Steve Jobs,’ the message says, ‘Video footage and images will be here uploaded live from the funeral ceremony. Check back each day to see if they are posted.’ …For now, these scams don’t appear to infect victims’ computers with any malicious software, but that could quickly change.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]