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Scammers targeting your critical data in this tricky Netflix attack

Scammers targeting your critical data in this tricky Netflix attack
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Have you gotten into the 'cutting the cable' phenomenon? This trend has made online streaming services super popular.

Netflix is one of the most used services with nearly 110 million users. Its popularity makes it 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 has gone viral.

Tricky Netflix scam targets even non-members

The latest Netflix scam is yet another phishing attack. Cybercriminals are sending fraudulent emails claiming to be from Netflix.

The message says that the company is having trouble authorizing your credit card and asks you to click on a link within the email to update your account now. If you don't, you will lose access to Netflix.

Warning, this is a scam!

If you click on the link, you'll be taken to a fake site. There you will be asked to enter your login details, credit card information and your ID. If you enter this data, 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. Can you spot the problem in the message that tips off it's a scam?

Image: Example of latest Netflix phishing scam. (Source: Sophos)

The first thing that you should notice is the subject line. The 'X' in Netflix has been typed with the Greek letter chi, which is not the way the company does it. It's very noticeably different than what you would see from an official Netflix message. It's a true tip-off of the scammers' carelessness.

This isn't the first Netflix phishing scam and it won't be the last.

Netflix is aware that these types of phishing scams occur. To help customers keep their accounts secure, it has 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. Following these suggestions will help:

Be cautious with links

Do not follow web links in unsolicited email messages, it could be a phishing attack. Cybercriminals always take advantage of popular sites to try and find new victims. That's why you need to be able to recognize a phishing scam.

One thing to watch for with phishing attacks are typos, criminals are typically careless with spelling and grammar. If you receive an email or notification from a reputable company, it should not contain typos. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.

Have strong security software

Make sure you're using strong antivirus software on all of your gadgets. And keep them up-to-date for the best protection. This is the best way to keep your device from being infected with malware.

Set up two-factor authentication 

Two-factor authentication means that to log in to your account, you need two ways to prove you are who you say you are. This adds an extra layer of security and should be used whenever a site makes it available. Click here to learn how to set up two-factor authentication.

Use unique passwords

Many people use the same password for multiple websites. This is a terrible mistake. If your credentials are stolen from one site and you use the same username and/or password on others, it's easy for the cybercriminal to get into each account. Click here to find out how to create hack-proof passwords.

Note: If you are reading this article using the Komando.com App, click here to see an example of the fraudulent Netflix email.

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