Scam of the day – January 16, 2017 – Another Netflix phishing scam

I have been warning you about phishing scams using Netflix as the hook for a couple of years.  The popularity of Netflix makes it a preferred subject for phishing emails that appear to come from Netflix in which you are told you need to update your credit card information or other personal information. Reproduced below is a copy of an email presently being circulated.  It looks legitimate, but it is easy to counterfeit the Netflix logo and make the email appear to be legitimate when it is not.  In this particular scam you are asked for personal information, such as your name, date of birth and address that can be used to make you a victim of identity theft.  In many of these scams you are also asked to verify credit card information which, if done, merely provides your credit card information to an identity thief.

The scam sends users an email, appearing to be from Netflix, which ask them to update their membership details. The email includes a link that shows a fake log-in page and asks them to input details such as payment information

TIPS

As I always say, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  You can never be truly sure when you receive an email seeking personal information such as your credit card number whether or not the email is a scam.  The risk of clicking on a link or providing the requested information is just too high.  Instead, if you think that the email might be legitimate, you should contact the company at a telephone number that you know is legitimate and find out whether or not the email was a scam.

As for Netflix in particular, it will never ask in an email for any of your personal information so anytime you get an email purportedly from Netflix asking for your credit card number, Social Security number or any other personal information, it is a scam.

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