Fraudsters are once again impersonating Netflix, trying to obtain login details and steal money from your bank account or credit card. Cybersecurity experts have detected a new fake email campaign. How to detect in time that we are dealing with a scam?
Fake emails from Netflix. Experts warn against a new scam
“Please update your payment details” – this is how one of the messages sent to Poles’ mailboxes begins. As experts from CyberRescue write, most emails are messages with information about the need to update the payment method or extend the Netflix plan. In the emails, criminals try to get us to click on the link as quickly as possible in order to supposedly update our data.
In fact, the link in the message leads to a website crafted by fraudsters. At the beginning of the process, the user sees a login screen imitating the one known from a popular streaming platform. After entering your login and password, you are asked to enter your debit or credit card details. The entered data, of course, goes to cybercriminals who can not only take over your Netflix account, but also completely wipe out your bank account.
How to recognize a fake email? There are a few things to pay attention to
As experts advise, the first step is to pay attention to the sender’s e-mail address. Criminals use addresses that are often very similar, but not identical, to those of companies such as Netflix. For example, in the case of a “Netflix” scam, this may include, among others: address “[email protected]”.
It is also worth verifying the content of the message and paying special attention to possible linguistic errors that often appear in fake e-mails. Experts point out that criminals often make spelling and grammatical errors, do not use Polish characters or use unusual languages, while reputable companies most often care about the professional appearance of their emails.
We should also never click on links provided in suspicious emails (even under the pretext of checking the appearance of the website). It’s better to search for a given company’s website yourself and log in to see if it asks for additional data. Experts also add that no company should ask us to provide a payment card via e-mail. Such a request should be treated as a final indication that we are dealing with a fake email.
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