Scam of the day – November 11, 2017 – New Netflix phishing email

The popularity of Netflix makes it a preferred subject for phishing emails sent to people appearing to come from Netflix in which you are told you need to update your credit card information or asking for other personal information.   As recently as September 24th I warned you about a new Netflix phishing email and now there is an even newer one being circulated that requires you to provide your personal information including your credit card number or else your account will be suspended.  Reproduced below is a copy of the 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.  Two things can happen if you click on the link in the email.  Either you will be directed to a phony but legitimate looking website where you will be prompted to input your credit card information and thereby turn it over to an identity thief or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that can steal all of the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

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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.  Here is a link to Netflix’s security page for information about staying secure in regard to your Netflix account.  https://help.netflix.com/en/node/13243

Scam of the day – September 24, 2017 – New Netflix phishing scam

The popularity of Netflix makes it a preferred subject for phishing emails sent to people appearing to come from Netflix in which you are told you need to update your credit card information or asking for 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.  Two things can happen if you click on the link in the email.  Either you will be directed to a phony but legitimate looking website where you will be prompted to input your credit card information and thereby turn it over to an identity thief or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that can steal all of the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

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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.

Often telltale signs of a phishing email scam is when the email address of the sender is that of a private individual rather than the company purporting to be sending the email. This is due to the email being sent through a botnet of hijacked computers.  Poor grammar is another indication of a phishing email.  This often occurs because the scam may originate in a country where English is not the primary lanugage.

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.  Here is a link to Netflix’s security page for information about staying secure in regard to your Netflix account.  https://help.netflix.com/en/node/13243

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.

Scam of the day – August 2, 2016 – Netflix phishing scam

The popularity of Netflix makes it a preferred subject for phishing emails sent to people appearing to come from Netflix in which you are told you need to update your credit card 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.  Two things can happen if you click on the link in the email.  Either you will be directed to a phony but legitimate looking website where you will be prompted to input your credit card information and thereby turn it over to an identity thief or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that can steal all of the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

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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.