Netflix-Users Warned About Email Phishing Scam
Netflix users have been warned about a scam that could see people unwittingly handing over their personal information, including bank details.
The phishing scam involves a legit-looking email asking users to update their billing information - but if you were to click through to update your account, you'd be leaving yourself open to getting your information nabbed and allowing scammers to potentially clear out your bank account or steal your identity. Not what you want.
The US Federal Trade Commission took to Twitter to share a warning about the potential scam, urging Netflix-users not to 'take the bait'.
Netflix phishing scam: Don't take the bait: https://t.co/urABBXPA7u #ScamAlert
- FTC (@FTC) December 26, 2018
In a statement, the commission explains: "Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information - like account numbers, social security numbers, or your login IDs and password.
"Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link, they can install ransomware or other programs that can lock you out of your data."
It then goes on to explain that scammers will use companies that are familiar to people - or pretend to be someone you know. In this case, they pose as Netflix.
This isn't the first time scammers have made fake Netflix emails to try and fleece unsuspecting folk.
Just last September, Action Fraud released a similar warning in the UK, in which it said: "Watch out for these fake Netflix emails. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam.
"Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text."
The best way to avoid getting caught out by these cons is to remain vigilant, with Action Fraud adding that customers should keep an eye out for poor grammar or 'odd spellings' in emails supposedly from big companies.
:warning: ALERT: Watch out for these fake Netflix emails claiming there's an issue with your account. The links lead to convincing-looking sites that are designed to steal your Netflix password & payment details. #PhishyFridays pic.twitter.com/R05N6egGYO
- Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) September 14, 2018
The reporting centre also says it's a good idea to check the address any correspondence has been sent from, while it's best not to click links in dodgy-looking emails or to ring any numbers you don't recognise.
If in doubt, you can always get in touch with the company that the email is supposed to be from, just to check.
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