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Netflix email scam aims to get your personal info

Netflix scammers want your bank account info.
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With over 93 million subscribers, Netflix seems like a gold mine to scammers who want someone’s personal information, and online thieves are doing just that in the latest email scam targeting customers.

Swindlers send an official looking email which has the Netflix logo attached asking you to correct a billing error. All you have to do is click the link, submit your personal information to fix the problem.

What’s dangerous about this phishing scam is that hackers are trying to get your bank account information.

DO NOT click the link before first visiting the official Netflix website to see if there is actually a problem with your account. If you do click the link it will take you to a fake site and request information Netflix never asks for through emails.

According to Fox 5 San Diego, Netflix issued an official statement about the scam:

"Phishing is an attempt to acquire your personal information by pretending to represent a website or company you trust online.

Phishers will go to great lengths to try to take over your account or steal your personal information. They may create fake websites that look like Netflix, or send emails that imitate us and ask you for personal information.

Netflix will never ask for any personal information to be sent to us over email. This includes:

  • Payment information (credit card number, debit card number, direct debit account, PIN, etc.).
  • Social security number for US citizens (in any form), identification number, or tax identification number.
  • Your account password.

Netflix may email you to update this information with a link to our website, but be cautious of fake emails that may link to phishing websites. If you’re unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs in which you can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers.

If you believe you have received a phishing message, visit our Help Center to learn how to report it to us.”