Love binge watching? Beware of these Netflix scams and phishing attacks
- Cybercriminals are always on the prowl to scam users of popular services like
- There are many ways to scam users like fake sign-up pages, scam emails and more.
- Here’s a look at the common
Netflix scamsthat every user should be aware of.
AdvertisementNetflix is one of the most popular streaming services for movies and TV shows. This also makes the platform susceptible to phishing and scamming especially since there’s paid subscription involved. Scammers often tend to lure customers with ways to watch Netflix for free, or try to get access to their bank account.
There are many ways that your
If you’re someone who regularly uses Netflix, here’s what you need to know.
Subscribing to Netflix requires information such as your email address, and banking information for the payment. This is the easiest way to get hold of someone’s details since you basically share all the important information required while signing up for Netflix or any other service. Cybercriminals create these fake sign-up pages which look quite like the original site. There are a few tells though like maybe a typo in the text on these fake websites.
Updating payment details
Another popular way that scammers try to get Netflix customers is by sending emails asking subscribers to update their payment details. The email has Netflix as the sender and the subscribers are asked to update or confirm their payment details. And if they don’t then their Netflix account will be closed. The page for the Netflix account payment details also look very convincing making people believe that it is genuine.
Fake subscription plans
Cybercriminals also use popular movies or TV shows to attract people who don’t have subscriptions to streaming services. This is done by creating a fake website with teasers of the movie or show which are basically the trailers that are available in the public domain. Cybercriminals then lure gullible fans into subscribing to lower subscription plans to watch the latest movies and TV shows. This way they get access to the payment details entered on the fake websites.
What to look out for
These scams sound scary and you may actually fall for them even if you think you won’t. But there are ways to ensure that you don’t fall for such tricks. You should never click on links sent in emails from Netflix especially if it has to do with your payment details. You can find out about your account details by going to the official website. Don’t fall for promotions or offers that claim to stream the latest movie or TV show for free or cheaper. Also, use different passwords for your accounts, especially those that have paid subscriptions.
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