With Netflix being one of the main sources for entertainment across the planet, coming in at over 100 million users, it is a high profile target for those looking to take advantage of people. There have been numerous scams and “phishing” emails that have been distributed throughout the years and now it appears that another scam has taken root among millions of Netflix users. The Netflix official website states, “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 your personal information.”
Netflix subscribers may be receiving emails notifying them that their accounts have been disabled. The notice appears to be legitimate, with the Netflix logo, a name of the Customer Service Representative and even “copyright” dates. In the email, it requests that you provide some information such as; billing info, phone number, date of birth and payment info with a “Login Now” button underneath. Although convincing, these emails are not coming from Netflix. If the link is clicked, it will direct users to a fake website that provides space to enter in your personal details.
According to Netflix, they state that they will not request users to send personal information via email. The Netflix website states that “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 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 scam email Netflix advises you to forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and delete the email.