Netflix has revolutionized the entertainment industry since it was launched online in 2013. For a small fee each month, the streaming service enables millions of people to enjoy countless movies and TV shows from the comfort of their own homes.
But if you’re a subscriber, you need to know about this elaborate scam that’s a lot more convincing than an email from Prince Chido Okereke Ogazia! Netflix is a lot more than just a provider of ready-made entertainment. The streaming service also produces content and some of the world’s best-loved shows and movies have made their debut there including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Having dominated popular culture for a few years now, Netflix is even a part of internet slang. I’m sure most millennials can attest to being invited around to someone’s house for “Netflix and chill” – a euphemism for casual sex. Netflix has an estimated 109.25 million subscribers worldwide, all of whom have trusted the service with their bank account details. Now scammers are trying to dupe unsuspecting users into parting with them through an elaborate scam. In this video below, a subscriber explains how she was robbed of $2,000 and had 45 bank accounts started in her name by falling for it.
Not wanting its customers to be robbed of their hard-earned cash, Netflix has now issued a warning about the scam, which comes in the form of an email, and is said to be entering the inboxes of millions of its users around the world. The email in question informs Netflix customers that their account has been suspended because their card details are no longer valid. It is convincingly laid out and encourages users to click a “RESTART MEMBERSHIP” button. Those who unwittingly fall for the email are then taken to a convincing website where they will have their money stolen. Here’s what Netflix has to say about the scam:
“If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email or text message that appears to be from Netflix, follow these tips to keep your information safe and secure, and follow the steps below to report the message.
Never enter your login or financial details after following a link in an email or text message.
Never click on any links or open any attachments in an email or text message you received unexpectedly, regardless of the source.
If you suspect an email or text message is not from Netflix, do not reply to it.”
However, this Netflix scam is not the only scam that you need to watch out for right now. As technology continues to advance, so do hackers, and Netflix is just one of many popular online services that are being targetted by scammers. Uber is also currently under attack. Scammers have created a fake Uber app for Android with a login screen that’s identical to the real thing. The app is being used to steal Uber usernames and passwords, and there’s no way of knowing you’ve fallen for it, as it automatically directs users to the real app once it has done its job. Once they’ve clicked enter, their details are in the hands of hackers. To stop this, it’s being recommended that you only download apps from trusted sources and be careful about what information the apps you download are requesting. Mobile security tools can also be used to help illegitimate apps from being downloaded to your phone. We hope that in publicising these sophisticated scams fewer people will fall victim to them.