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Clever fast-spreading scam targets millions of Netflix subscribers

Clever fast-spreading scam targets millions of Netflix subscribers
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Online streaming services are super popular now that millions of Americans have decided to cut the cable cord. Netflix is one of the most used services with nearly 110 million users. That's incredible!

Netflix has so many customers worldwide that it's a prime target for cybercriminals.

Even if you're not one of its millions of customers, you need to know about the latest scam that is circulating.

What is the latest scam targeting Netflix?

The latest Netflix scam is yet another phishing attack. Cybercriminals are sending fraudulent emails claiming to be from Netflix. What makes this email scam extremely dangerous is that it's so very well disguised and there are so many Netflix customers to swindle.

The malicious email claims to be a suspension notification because your billing information is not able to be validated. The message contains a link that you're supposed to click on within 48 hours to re-enter your payment information and restart your membership.

Warning, this is a scam!

If you click on the link, you'll be taken to a fake site and believe me, it's very realistic looking. There, you will be asked to enter your credit card information and once you do, the criminal can access your bank account.

This is similar to other Netflix phishing scams that we've warned you about previously. The image below is an example of the latest attack.

Image: Example of Netflix phishing scam.

Is there anything you can do?

If you fall for this scam, there's nothing you can do - except call your bank immediately. Tell them what happened and cancel the credit/debit card associated with the account that will be posted on the Dark Web within minutes if you don't act fast.

As I said earlier, scams targeting Netflix users are common. To help customers keep their accounts secure, Netflix posted these suggestions on its site:

  • Use a password unique to Netflix and change it periodically
  • Be aware of possible phishing attempts
  • Keep your computer safe with security software
  • Report fraudulent or suspicious activity
  • Sign out of unused devices
  • Report security flaws to Netflix

Beyond those suggestions from Netflix, it's a good idea to be able to recognize phishing emails. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.

Note: If you're reading this article using the Komando.com app, click here to see an example of the Netflix phishing email.

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