Netflix Phishing Scam – Don’t Take the Bait
A scammer sends you a fake email or text message in order to trick you into divulging sensitive personal information. This information could include your credit card or social security number, as well as your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use the information you provide to steal your money, your identity, or a combination of the two. They may also send phishing emails in order to gain access to your computer or networking system. If you click on a link, they can use your computer to install ransomware or other programs that will prevent you from accessing your data.
Scammers frequently use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know in order to defraud you. According to a real-world example that involves Netflix, police in Ohio have shared a screenshot of an email that was sent with the intent of stealing personal information. It stated that Netflix was “having some trouble with your current billing information” and invited the user to update their payment method by clicking on a link in the email. The user did not click on the link, and their account was placed on hold.
Before you click on a link or divulge any of your sensitive information, consider the following:
Take a look at it. If you have any concerns about the email, you should get in touch with the company. However, you should look up their phone number or website on your own. That way, you’ll know you’re dealing with a legitimate company and not a scammer or someone who wants to trick you into clicking on a link that will download malware.
Take a closer look at the situation. While some phishing emails appear to be completely legitimate, poor grammar and spelling can be a red flag that the email is a scam. Other hints include the absence of your name or the fact that you do not even have an account with the company. It is also suspicious when a U.S.-based company lists only an international phone number on its website.
Phishing emails should be reported
To report phishing emails, send them to email@example.com (a Federal Trade Commission address) and firstname.lastname@example.org (a Global Anti-Phishing Working Group address that includes Internet service providers, security vendors, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies). You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Additionally, inform the company or individual who was impersonated of the phishing scheme. Send the message to email@example.com if it is intended for Netflix.