Netflix has issued a warning after users were enticed by free streaming offers only to have their credit card information stolen – what to look out for.
If you’ve recently received an offer for a free streaming service, be wary: it could be a ruse.
Phishing schemes have increased as a result of the rise in streaming services.
To gain access to sensitive credit card information, scammers have started sending out phony email sign-ups for streaming services like Netflix.
Similar scams have been reported among Gmail and Outlook users, as well as from a fraudulent Amazon email.
They not only steal credit card and bank account information, but they also have the ability to use emails in future attacks.
“Subscribe Now!” “Refresh Data,” and “Update Your Payment Method” are just a few of the phrases that have been used in these fake emails to entice potential victims.
Scammers have also been sending emails with short clips of “new” episodes or premieres, which are actually old clips edited together to appear new.
These cyber criminals may also steal your streaming account information, such as your login and password, and sell it on the dark web.
These are just a few of the most recent phishing scams that Netflix has issued a warning about.
However, there are steps you can take to protect your account information.
Many of the scammer emails are riddled with typos and other mistakes.
The email address that sends the email will almost certainly differ slightly from the actual streaming service, so if you pay attention, you should be able to spot scam emails fairly quickly.
Don’t click on any links in an email that appears to be from a streaming service like Netflix.
Instead, go straight to the site to see if there are any new messages or alerts about potential problems with your account information.
This will help you avoid becoming a victim of a scam.
Be wary of emails promising early access or free downloads to upcoming hot releases, as these frequently employ the clip editing technique described above to entice you to click.
Using different passwords for all of your different streaming sites and accounts will also help protect your data.
Knowing what to look for can help you keep your money where it belongs: in your bank account.
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