Popular Netflix Victim of Phishing Scam
Threat Level: 3
One of the reasons that cable television is struggling right now is due to the many streaming services that are offered. Netflix alone has an estimated 130 million global subscribers signed up, and this number is only expected to grow. It is never good whenever a scam takes place, however, a scam that can affect this many users is extremely dangerous.
Scammers have been sending emails to try to steal important information from Netflix subscribers. They were warned by Action Fraud, which is a joint initiative between the City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, of a new phishing email that has been sent out. The email asks subscribers to share their Netflix account information and payment credentials.
It is sometimes easy to spot a phishing email, since they are usually written very poorly. For example, the latest phishing email states the following:
“We face some difficulties with the current billing information of your own. We will try again, but please at the same time you update your payment details.”
Although it can be surprising to find that scammers are interested in hacking into Netflix accounts, since there isn’t much value there, the reason is due to the fact that many people use the same password for multiple accounts. They figure if they can get their Netflix password, then they can try the same password for another account, such as email and online banking, and they may get lucky.
What are some of the steps you can take to make sure you don’t fall victim to a threat like this one?
- If an email has a login link or account verification link, don’t click it.
- Check for the HTTPS padlock. If there is one, check the name of the site. If it looks unfamiliar or suspicious, close the site.
- Look out for spelling and grammar errors. If an email doesn’t seem professional and official, it probably isn’t.
- Try to have a different password for each site or account that you log into. There are many password managers out there that are safe and secure and can conveniently store your passwords for your reference.
Categorised in: IT Threat
This post was written by Joe Sernio