If you spend a lot of time on the internet, you’ve probably seen these Netflix phishing scams.
While Netflix scams have been circulating the internet for quite some time now, this scam is deceptive enough to not only bypass spam filters but even trick some more tech-savvy individuals into parting with their credit card details.
With this particular scam, victims have described receiving an email titled “Notice of Verification Failure”, which details issues with the users billing, then prompting users to verify their personal information within 24 hours to prevent their account from being cancelled.
Users are then led to a Netflix lookalike site which requires users to enter in personal information, such as their login credentials, billing address, and credit card information.
Once the scammers have your information, you won’t realize it until it’s too late, as users report that they are simply redirected to the typical Netflix login page afterwards.
As with most scam campaigns, there are always telltale signs that indicate whether you’re actually dealing with a legitimate Netflix account, or simply a scammer trying to gain access to your information.
Here’s What You Can Do
When in doubt, you can make use of basic guidelines to make sure you’re not on the losing end of the interaction.
- Don’t open any emails or attachments from anyone you don’t know.
- Keep an eye out for typos – since these emails will masquerade as legitimate companies, the quality of the email needs to match the quality of the company. If you see typos, blurry logos, or badly phrased sentences – it’s likely a scam.
- Keep personal information private – assess the situation – does it seem necessary or appropriate to be giving this information away? Never give out your social security number, credit card or bank information, or any other confidential personal information.
- Download an adblocker – this will prevent popup ads from invading your browsing experience, in turn helping you to avoid clicking on malicious files.
- Always have your antivirus turned on – We recommend industry-leading software, McAfee Total Protection, to help protect you while you’re browsing. Don’t have an antivirus software? As a FixMeStick customer, you get access to an exclusive discount on McAfee Total Protection. Click here to check it out!
And in the off chance that you find yourself scammed, here’s what you can do to minimize the damage:
- Update and scan your device – Ensure that you keep your operating system, as well as your FixMeStick, up-to-date at all times! This ensures all the patches that protect your system are in place, and all the malware definitions of the latest threats are updated. Run a scan immediately.
- Contact a credit agency – If you have disclosed any credit card or banking information, or are worried your identity may have been compromised, notify the credit bureau and your bank immediately.
- Change all your passwords – This includes social media accounts, email, online banking, and any other online accounts you may have.
Use the StartMeStick for Safe & Secure Streaming
For an added layer of security, you can use the StartMeStick to ensure that all your video streaming is safe, secure, and as fast as you’d like it to be.
Because the StartMeStick prioritizes your speed and security, you can rest assured that your streaming experience won’t be bogged down with PC clutter, or even potential scams hoping to get the best of you. With StartMeStick you can stream smoothly and worry-free, letting you get the most of your Netflix experience!
At the end of the day, scams can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, although there’s no telling when you might get one. The important thing is to know how to deal with them!