Criminals will stop at nothing to scam you and they are getting sneakier every day. That is why we weren’t surprised to hear of a new Netflix phishing scam that asks Netflix users to verify their details. Don’t fall for it!
Most recently, the emails are hitting Australia. They appear to be from Netflix and carry the message: “Your Account Has Been Suspended. We will provide you with all the steps you need to unlock your account. Please follow these instructions after you click on the link below.”
Once you click on the link you will be taken to an authentic looking page with the Netflix logo. It will prompt you to provide financial information but if you recognize the warning signs, you can avoid landing in trouble.
First of all, check the grammar. Watch out for spelling and grammar problems in the email or perhaps capitalization issues. Look out for spacing and formatting errors. An email that comes from Netflix will not contain those errors. If you receive one of these emails, delete it right away.
This Netflix phishing scam circulated through the United States last year. The FTC was warning people to delete those emails and report them. Any suspicious emails can be reported to Netflix directly as well as to the FTC at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Anti-Phishing Working Group at email@example.com.
Law enforcement will be alerted to the issue, as well financial institutions. If you are not sure if such an email is legitimate or not, contact the company via phone directly.