Streaming services such as Netflix have long been popular, but since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic use of streaming services has skyrocketed.  There are many streaming services with which we are all familiar such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max and many more. There also are streaming services with which we may be less familiar which is why when people receive an email that purports to be from a streaming service, in this case it is one called BravoMovies, it may not strike you as unusual.  This email does not have any links for you to click on, but it does tell you that your free trial period for BravoMovies is ending and that your credit card is about to be charged for a premium membership, however, the email also provides you with a phone number for you to call if you wish to cancel your membership.  People calling the number provided are then directed to go the website of BravoMovies where, in the FAQ section of the website you are prompted to cancel your account through clicking on a couple of links.  The website looks pretty legitimate, but it is totally phony and if you click on the links, you end up downloading malware on to your computer.  Here is a screenshot of what it looks like.

TIPS

As I always say, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  You certainly should be suspicious and skeptical if you get an email that is related to a free trial for a streaming service for which you never signed up for and if you had a free trial period, why would the company have your credit card?

Clicking on infected links is the primary way that a wide variety of malware including ransomware gets downloaded to your electronic devices, so you should never click on any link unless you have absolutely confirmed that it is legitimate and if you did your homework, you would find that there is no such streaming service known as BravoMovies.  It is important to remember that you cannot rely on your security software to protect you in all instances.  While having security software on all of your electronic devices is imperative and updating your security software promptly with the latest security patches when they are issued is also critical, it is a cold, hard fact that no security software can protect you from the latest zero day defects which are new strains of malware for which security software companies have not yet prepared a defense.  The best place to find a helping hand is always at the end of your own arm.

For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”  Scamicide was recently cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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