HAVE you received a free streaming service offer lately? Be aware – it may be a scam.
The boom in streaming services has also led to an increase in phishing schemes.
Fake streaming service sign-ups are a way for scammers to get info
Scammers have taken to sending out phony email sign-ups for streaming services like Netflix to gain access to sensitive credit card information.
Similar scams have been reported from a fraudulent Amazon email, as well as among Gmail and Outlook users.
In doing so, they not only steal credit card and bank account information but can also use emails in future attacks.
A few common phrases that have been used in these fake emails to lure potential victims include “Subscribe Now!,” “Refresh Data,” and “Update Your Payment Method.”
In addition, scammers have been sending emails featuring short clips of “new” episodes or premieres, when, in fact, they’ve edited old clips together to appear new.
These cyber scammers may also steal your streaming account details, including login and password, and sell them on the dark web.
These are just a few of the latest phishing scams companies like Netflix are warning users about.
However, there are precautions you can take to keep your account details safe.
Many of these scammer emails contain typos and other errors.
The email address sending the email will also likely be slightly different from the actual streaming service, so if you pay close attention, you should be able to spot scam emails quite easily.
Don’t click on email links
If you receive an email that looks like it’s from a streaming service like Netflix, don’t click on the links.
Instead, go to the site directly to check for new messages and alerts about potential issues with your account information.
This will help you avoid falling prey to scammers.
Be wary of emails promising early access or free downloads to upcoming hot releases, as these often use the clip editing technique described above to lure you in.
Using different passwords for all of your various streaming sites and accounts will also help keep your information protected.
Knowing what to look for can keep your money in your accounts where it belongs.
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